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.

KWCS Family-Only Events

In order to protect our families during the COVID-19 pandemic, all or our KWCS Family Events have been postponed or cancelled. As we navigate the uncertainties of our fall family events, please check back or contact our office for an update: 780-496-2459. 

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Family Programs & Activities

In order to protect our families during the COVID-19 pandemic, all or our KWCS Family Activities and Programs have been adjusted, postponed or cancelled. As we navigate the uncertainties of our fall family activities and programs, please check back to the website or contact our office for an update: 780-496-2459. 

Art Program

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


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 Eskimos & 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. Which one are you going to see?

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

Educational 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 Package KWCS 2020-21, 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

There are so many great programs, activities and events for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you!

Programs include: 
Beaded Journey, Gifts of Courage, Girls with Brain Tumors Group, Teen Group, Hospital Pizza Night & Visitation Program, In-house Counselling Services, Mom's Group, Newly-diagnosed Program, and Sibling Support Group.


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.

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.


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