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Kitty Dukakas launches program for ailing kids

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Kitty Dukakis is back in the public eye to help cancer-stricken children through her new Outward Bound program.

Dukakis has rarely been seen in public since she checked into a substance abuse clinic following the failed Democratic presidential campaign of her husband, Michael, in 1988. Now she's happily promoting the program she founded, called Island of Hope."I had heard about cancer camps in California," Dukakis said Wednesday. "I didn't understand why, with our wealth of treatment centers, there wasn't one in Massachusetts."

About 20 teenagers a summer participate in Island of Hope, which gives young cancer patients a week of survival training, accompanied by counselors and other children who fought cancer.

Dukakis and her husband divide their time between Massachusetts and California, where she is a social worker and he is a professor for part of the year at the University of California, Los Angeles.