You are not alone. We can help. Please reach out to our family engagement coordinator Pam Birch at 403 984 1227 or email.
Kids Cancer Care helps children and families by offering programs and funding in the following areas:
- Research and Hospital;
- Education Support and Scholarships; and
- Camp and Outreach.
We are committed to being a catalyst for groundbreaking pediatric cancer research and providing hospital support programs to ensure that Alberta families receive the best hospital care right here in the province.
Over 75 per cent of childhood cancer survivors live with at least one chronic health condition and a third of these are severe or life-threatening. Our Education Support Program is designed to address some of the learning-related issues caused by cancer treatments. Our online and in-home tutoring program helps young people disadvantaged by cancer get a solid academic foundation during their primary and secondary school years. When they are ready for post-secondary education, the Derek Wandzura Memorial Scholarship for childhood cancer survivors and patients helps them to move beyond cancer and pursue their dreams.
Our recreational and therapeutic outreach programs, offered all year long, are designed to help young people and their parents escape the demands of cancer, if only for an evening or afternoon, while building the friendships, resources and resilience they need for the long journey ahead.
And, of course, there’s camp. Our camp programs are uniquely designed to help kids deal with the physical, social and psychological effects of childhood cancer. These programs are also open to siblings who often struggle with feelings of isolation and jealousy as parents shift much-needed attention to their sick child. We also provide a camp program for children who have had a parent diagnosed with cancer.
“Kids Cancer Care was there from the beginning. They seem to understand that dealing with a disease like this is a long-term issue for the family, and that support is really very important for many months and years after a major event like this transforms a family.”Parent of childhood cancer survivor