“You know you are truly alive when you are living among lions.”
—Isak Dinesen

About the Series
Coming to Independent Lens on PBS June 21 and 22, 2006, A LION IN THE HOUSE offers an unprecedented look at the cancer journeys of five young people and their families over a six-year period. Award-winning filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert bring audiences face to face with the uncertainty of the entire cancer experience and its rippling effects on family, community and professional caregivers. At the core of A LION IN THE HOUSE is the resilience, courage and wisdom of five extraordinary young people.
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About the Campaign
The national broadcast of A LION IN THE HOUSE seeks to galvanize public attention around childhood cancer. The ITVS community engagement campaign brings to this effort a committed group of national partners and a broad array of stakeholders to spur a national dialogue, support families and caregivers and inspire local and regional action. The campaign seeks to build bridges between families in need and communities of support.
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A LION IN THE HOUSE is part of the PBS commitment to provide high-quality health programming.

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News and Updates
ITVS released an executive summary of the community engagement campaign report for A LION IN THE HOUSE .
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Get information on the families, the film and pediatric cancer. Join the discussion at the PBS companion site.
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Teenagers can do community service around childhood cancer. Register your youth group and blog! >>
Cancer Health Disparities
Despite enormous progress in childhood cancer treatment over the past 30 years, there remain disparities in diagnosis, access to treatment, social services and support that impact outcomes for young people from differing backgrounds.
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Approximately 300,000 survivors of childhood cancer are living in the U.S. today. While individuals who live through childhood cancer face the strong possibility of health problems later in life, few of them know this. The series looks beyond medicine to reveal the economic, social and emotional factors that contribute to long-term survivorship among young cancer patients.
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End-of-Life and Bereavement
Even with huge strides in childhood cancer treatment, sometimes the fight to survive cannot be won. Families, physicians and other caregivers deal with unspeakable anguish in letting go of a child. The outreach campaign explores issues and resources available in palliative care, end of life decision-making, bereavement care and other needs facing families.
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mylion.org for teens

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Lance Armstrong Foundation

CDC Survivor Alert Campaign
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