The Imaginary Friend Society app helps child patients with cancer by giving life to different imaginary friends. Developed by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, this application effectively distracts children from the stress and stresses of MRI, chemotherapy and other cancer-related treatments. The application is currently being used in several cancer treatment centers in the United States, including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The application uses the technology of augmented reality and presents a score of characters, all designed specifically for this project, which help to demystify the disease and treatments and reduce anxiety and fear in children’s lives. The characters also provide words of encouragement and help children find the positive and hopeful part of their hospital stay.