Nilufer Hasanova

“My name is Nilly, my camp name is Paw-Paw, and I am a pediatric nurse. I love getting to spend every day with the coolest kiddos at the Alberta Children's Hospital. I enjoy playing field hockey, although I’m not very good at it, and I love to hike. My favourite paw patrol character is Rubble so it goes without saying that I love dogs. This may be an unpopular opinion, but my favourite season is winter. I can play Mary had a Little Lamb on my cell phone and that’s probably my coolest birthday party trick.”

“I was a student nurse with Kids Cancer Care's Teen Leadership Program and I loved it so much that I’ve been volunteering since 2014. My favourite part about volunteering is seeing the kids grow and the connections we get to make with them and their amazing families. I have known some campers since they were in Embers and now that they are in Blaze, I get to see them again! It’s so cool that we get to watch these kids grow right in front of our eyes. I love Kids Cancer Care because they are so kind to their volunteers. They really appreciate us, and it truly shows.”

“I have shared so many magical moments with Kids Cancer Care that it is hard to pick one. If I had to pick, it would be seeing the kids who didn't want to go to camp and leave their families, later refusing to go home because they had that much fun! Another great memory was when a particularly shy boy decided to join the dance circle at Halloween and when he did, everyone cheered him on, leaving the biggest smile on his face. I also love all of the hugs, high fives and the crafts we get from our campers.”

“To anyone who is considering volunteering with Kids Cancer Care, please do it. It is a wonderful place where kids can be kids, and families are loved and supported while they go through one of the toughest journeys of their lives. These children are so resilient, and it is one of the most humbling experiences to know that these families trust us as volunteers with the people they love the most in the world, their sweet kiddos. I hope Kids Cancer Care isn't tired of Paw-Paw because I am never leaving, I just love volunteering for them!” ~ Nilufer Hasanova