"I was in grade three and the test showed that I was at a kindergarten level in math and a grade one level in reading. My mental processing speed is also a lot slower. These are some of the classic learning issues of many childhood cancer survivors. While I was in the room doing the testing, my mom was sharing her concerns with the counsellor. The counsellor looked at my mom and said,“You don’t really think she’ll ever graduate, do you?” My mom stood up and, without a word, left the room. My mom says, “We didn’t fight all that time to give you a future, just to give up on your future now.” - Ryane, 15-year-old cancer survivor
Cancer is rarely over when the treatments stop. Over 75 per cent of childhood cancer survivors face at least one cancer-related chronic health problem for the rest of their lives, many of which impact their learning and development. Kids Cancer Care’s Education Support Program helps address some of these issues by offering kids disadvantaged by cancer a range of programs and services during their primary and secondary school years.