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Disney Junior brings families together to watch beloved shows that discuss important issues through our favorite characters. One of the many reasons I love Disney Jr. is because it’s a network that teaches my son important values. As a parent, it gives me an opportunity to start discussions with my son that can shape who he is and what he’ll become.
This Sunday, June 4th, a special episode of ‘Doc McStuffins‘ will premiere to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day®. The preview immediately grabbed my attention and I knew it was an imperative episode that I’ll be watching together, with my son.
If you’re unfamiliar with Doc McStuffins, the animated series tells the imaginative story of six-year-old Doc McStuffins who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys. Doc’s character models kindness and compassion without judgement.
The episode, titled “Hannah the Brave,” features Guest Star and cancer survivor, Robin Roberts. Roberts plays the voice of “Audrey’s Mom.” In the heartwarming story, Audrey is a four-year-old chemotherapy patient whose doll Hannah has an issue that leads to her hair loss too.
Chemotherapy and illness is a topic that is unfamiliar to my son. I hope that watching “Hannah the Brave” will help him understand compassion for kids who are struggling with cancer. I want to teach him to be kind to all kids, healthy or not.
Chris Nee, the creator and executive producer of “Doc McStuffins,” explains it perfectly:
“Since ‘Doc McStuffins’ premiered, we’ve been contacted by numerous families of children who have been dealing with very serious illnesses. With this episode, we set out to tell a story for those kids whose illnesses can’t be cured by just a kiss and a cuddle. It was important to me to let them know that we see them and they matter. Having Robin Roberts portray Audrey’s mom in the episode is so special because she has experienced what many of these kids are going through and she’s exactly who you would want cheerleading them through the tough times in their lives.”
At an age when understanding germs is difficult, I’m hoping this special Doc McStuffins episode will open a discussion that leads to a better understanding of difficult concepts for kids – like cancer and chemotherapy. So join your child, on National Cancer Survivors Day, for a date in front of the tv with Doc.
Doc McStuffins “Hannah The Brave” will premiere on National Cancer Survivors Day, SUNDAY, JUNE 4 (8:00-8:30 a.m. EDT), on Disney Channel.
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