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When Treatment Makes Kids Feel Sicker Than the Illness Itself, This Program Offers Healing, Nutritious Bites

June 29, 2016
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When Treatment Makes Kids Feel Sicker Than the Illness Itself, This Program Offers Healing, Nutritious Bites
Sybile Penhirin, Thomas Shomaker
Just a few simple ingredients can help settle a child's stomach and bring a smile to their face.

Danielle Cook’s oldest son was only 11 years old when he was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system. “There was a huge sense of powerlessness and great sadness,” remembers Cook, a mother of three who worked for years as a cooking demonstration instructor in the Washington, D.C., area.

Cook, who now also works as a holistic nutritionist, relentlessly looked for answers in food.  After months of making special recipes, she saw her son go from a “worn, depressed, tired kid to a healthy adolescent,” she says. Drawing from her experience, she founded Happily Hungry, a program that consists of cooking workshops geared towards hospitalized kids battling cancer and other illnesses.

Watch the video above to see how Cook helps patients and families deal with some of the negative side effects that accompany various medical treatments.

 

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