For Families

We are here for you

We offer programs FREE of charge to assist you, your child, and your family as you navigate your cancer journey.

Family Activities 

The Kids with Cancer Society House is open for counselling services, educational support, and general programming. For more information on Family Programs, call 780.496.2459 or email Pamela Learmond, our Family Programs Coordinator: pamelal@kidswithcancer.ca

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

These are some of our current groups and exciting activities:

  • Girls with Brain Tumours (7-18 years)
    Wednesday, June 19

    5:00 to 7:00 pm
    KWCS House
    REGISTER with Dianne: 780-686-5174 diannet@kidswithcancer.ca

  • Little Heroes Club (0-6 years)
    Sunday, June 23
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    John Walter Museum
    Sorry, the June event has reached capacity

  • Creative Hearts (10-16 years)
    DIY phone or electronic case

    Saturday, June 22
    KWCS House
    REGISTER HERE

  • Junior Chefs (8-14 years)
    Sorry, the June event has reached capacity

  • Teen Group (12-17 years)
    Stay tuned for our next event

  • #Trending (13-18 years)
    Stay tuned for our next event


  • Walking with Grief
    Please contact Kyla Elder: kylae@kidswithcancer.ca or 587.341.3041

    Support for Families

    BrainWorks

    Helping every student develop tool that work. Learn MORE HERE

    Education Support

    Programs aimed at assisting your child with their educational needs. Programs include: Bursary Package 2024-25, Cancer in the Classroom, Conferences, Workshops, Patient Education, and more.

    Learning Support Program

    Financial assistance is now available for 2024 to address educational challenges associated with childhood cancer. To learn about this program and to obtain an application form please contact Blair LewisFamily Services Manager: BlairL@kidswithcancer.ca or call 780-667-0285

    Financial Support

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

    General Support

    Meaningful programs throughout a family’s cancer journey: Beaded Journey, Counselling Services, Gifts of Courage, Girls with Brain Tumours Group, Hospital Pizza Night, Newly Diagnosed Program, Sibling Support, Teen Group, and more.

    Hospital Support

    Providing funds to the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Supports and compliments basic care including childlife activities, professional development, teen room, educational resources, and more.

    Family Programs

    Our programs are open to all registered KWCS families at no cost.

    Spring & 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. 

    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.

    Pampered Parents

    KWCS parents enjoy wellness activities including: massages and a delicious meal.

    Family Camp Beat It

    Held each September long weekend at Camp He Ho Ha, this indoor camping experience is for KWCS families who are at various stages of the disease and survivorship. Activities include: swimming, arts and crafts, mini golf, family dances, campfires, and more. At the end of the weekend, families leave the camp with a sense that they are not alone in the fight against childhood cancer. Camp Beat It was established by parent Sheila Ethier and is made possible in part by the Ralph Jr. Memorial Fund and the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund.

    Family Movie

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

    Christmas Party

    The Ken and Paddy Webb Christmas Party for the Kids with Cancer Society happens the first Sunday in December. KWCS families enjoy various entertainers, Santa, Mrs. Claus, buffet lunch, and then an afternoon at WEM Galaxyland.

    Facilities

    The Kids with Cancer Society House (Top image): 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. 

    PLEASE CALL 780 496 2459, Mon to Fri 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

    Papa Ken’s House (Bottom image)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.

    PLEASE CALL Barb our Guest Services Manager: 587-341-1740 for further details