Gabe's Chemo Duck
Program is a standardized, comprehensive education system for
children and families coping with childhood cancer.
Gabe’s Chemo Duck
Program® is a program of the Nashville-based nonprofit organization,
Gabe’s My Heart.
Established in 2004 to
provide education and comfort to children living with cancer through
medical play using therapeutic tools, Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program has
provided more than 5,000 ducks to children around the world.
The goal of the program
is to enable hospital staff and parents to prepare children for
chemotherapy treatment and eliminate the fear of the unknown. Chemo
Duck is a stuffed yellow duck dressed in blue hospital scrubs with a
bandana around its head, a chemotherapy port on its chest and an
immobilizer on his arm.
In a gentle,
age-appropriate manner, children learn what to expect during cancer
treatment and have a friend to share the experience. In turn,
children can use Chemo Duck to help friends, siblings and classmates
to understand and empathize with their experience. To learn more,
Gabe's Chemo Duck Program
is honored to work with
children’s hospitals around the country. Our affiliate hospitals
have joined the Chemo Duck program in order to offer medical
educational tools to their patients. We work closely with the child
life departments at our affiliate hospitals to ensure children and
their families obtain the full benefit of our program.
Donations help us supply
hospitals with Chemo Ducks and supporting materials for pediatric
cancer patients and their families. Please visit
for more information.