For Families

We are here for you

We offer programs free of charge to assist you, your child and your family as you go through this difficult time.

 

HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED THE DELIVERY OF OUR FAMILY PROGRAMS?

Our goal has always been the wholistic care of the family and during COVID-19, we have continued to maintain programming through virtual means in all areas possible.  

Stay up-to-date on current activities, promoted on our Family Facebook page. All Kids with Cancer Society members can join HERE

The Educational, Financial and General Support Programs described below, have all been adapted and are available. We are also continuing to work on developing future programming for late effects often associated with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

Virtual Activities & Family Fun

We have adapted many family activities to follow AHS COVID-19 guidelines. We will always put the care of our families, friends, donors and staff first. For more information on Family Programs, contact roxannv@kidswithcancer.ca or call 780.496.2459. 

Parent Group: Connect with other parents who are on a similar journey at different stages. For more information or to register send an email to lisad@kidswithcancer.ca

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Teen Group: Join with other teens aged 12 to 17 for games, friends and fun. Hosted by Joseph, Andrew & Laura and supported by Smiles with Spencer Foundation. For more information or to register send an email to roxannv@kidswithcancer.ca

Saturday, April 23: 6:00 -10:00 pm
Saturday, May 19: 6:00 -10:00 pm

Family Programs

During the past year of the pandemic, our original programs and family events shown below were offered virtually, postponed or cancelled due to restrictions. These programs and events will be updated as the situation evolves over the next few months.
We look forward to the time when when we can all be together again.

Art Program

This fun program allows both the children and their family to express their thoughts and emotions through art.

Family Camp Beat It

This fully-funded program provides a camp experience to kids and their families, at various stages of the disease and survivorship.

Can Do Survivors Group

Bringing adult survivors of childhood cancer together in a supportive environment to meet, talk and learn with and from each other.

Christmas Party

An afternoon enjoying WEM Galaxyland, lunch, a visit from the Edmonton Football Club & Santa together with other families living with childhood cancer.

Easter & Halloween Parties

These parties are held at the Kids with Cancer Society House so that children battling cancer can participate in fun activities in a safe environment. 

Family movie night

This is a chance for you and your whole family to enjoy a private showing of a movie in a local theatre.

Pampered Parents’ Night

This once-a-year self care opportunity includes massages, wellness activities and a home cooked meal. It's time to give yourself a night off.

Secret Santa

In December, children get to secretly select gifts for their siblings and parents. There is also a variety of baked goods and other families to socialize with.

Teen Group

These monthly planned activities connect teens with other teens to socialize, share & learn from others with similar shared experiences. Recommended for ages 12-17 years old. Teen Group is supported by Smiles from Spencer Foundation.

Twenty-Plus Survivors Group

This group focus on survivors in their twenties who have unique needs that cannot be addressed through adolescent support groups.

Support for Families

Hospital Support

Providing funds to the hospital that supports and compliments basic care including child life activities, professional development, teen room upgrade and educational resources.

Educational Support

Providing funds for additional hospital programming that supports and compliments basic care.

Programs include:
BrainWorks, Cancer in the Classroom, Conferences & Workshops, Patient Education, Bursary for Post-secondary Professional Development, Teen Room Upgrade, and Educational Resources. 

Financial Support

The financial support programs are designed to provide emergency funding support in the following categories.
Programs include:
Daily Living, Parking Passes, Medical Support, Practical Assistance, and Palliative & Bereavement Support.

General Support

We provide a variety of meaningful supports throughout a family's cancer journey.

Programs include: 
Beaded Journey, Gifts of Courage, Girls with Brain Tumours Group, Teen Group, Hospital Pizza Night & Visitation Program, In-house Counselling Services, Parent Group, Newly-diagnosed Program, Sibling Support and Survivor Groups.

Facilities

The Kids with Cancer Society House: The first of its kind in Canada, the facility located within hospital walking distance, provides on-site support programs for families at all stages of their cancer journey. This facility also houses our offices.

This facility was made possible through the generosity of the Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation and the Alberta Lottery Fund’s Major Community Facilities Program.

DUE TO COVID-19, RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE AT THE KWCS HOUSE TO PROTECT FAMILIES AND STAFF. PLEASE CALL 780 496 2459 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

Papa Ken’s House (pictured): This accommodation facility is available when no other sources exist. It gives out-of-town families free accommodation during treatment and follow-up appointments.

Papa Ken's House became a reality thanks to Paddy Webb, Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation, Qualico and the Alberta Government Community Facility Enhancement Program.

DUE TO COVID-19, RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE AT PAPA KEN'S HOUSE TO PROTECT FAMILIES AND STAFF. PLEASE CALL 780 496 2459 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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