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Free events available for children whose parents have cancer

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Children whose parents have cancer now have a place to go. Tuesday's 'Picnic in the Park' in Yakima will introduce families to programs designed to help these children cope. Wellness House says children face challenges that can take them away from just being a child. 'Picnic in the Park' is an example of giving them a chance to open up and have fun. Once they do that, professionals at Wellness House are more able to reach them and to find out how best to help the children deal with a parent's illness.

Wellness House says children can have fun with events such as art and equine therapy. During those events, Wellness House says they find out the most about what the children are going through. "It's easier to use opportunities like that where they can be around other kids and they can be more relaxed, and you start to see their feelings come out in a way that isn't the same as an adult,"said Margaret Filkins, Executive Director of Wellness House.

Picnic in the Park is Tuesday evening at Franklin Park in Yakima. It is on Tieton Drive and 21st Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is free to those with children who need the support, but Wellness House requests an RSVP. Their number is 509-575-6686.