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 although we are currently navigating the unprecedented COVID situation, we have continued to maintain programming through virtual means in all areas possible. 

Counselling, Financial Support, Papa Ken's House, Newly-diagnosed Program, Beaded Journey, BrainWorks, Sibling Support, Girls with Brain Tumours Group, Teen Group (September), Walking with Grief, Mom's Group, One-on-One Support, Survivor Program, and Bursaries have all been adapted as necessary and are available at this time.  For more information, please check the private family Facebook page for times/dates or call the office at 780.496.2459.

The Kids with Cancer Society is also continuing its work on developing future programming for post-traumatic stress/anxiety often associated with a childhood cancer diagnosis, as well as "Camp-In-A-Box".  

We have had to make the difficult decision to postpone or cancel many family activities and some programs under COVID regulations and will always put the care of our families, friends, donors and staff first.

 

KWCS Family-Only Events

Many family activities are postponed at this time. Please check back or contact our office for an update: 780-496-2459. 

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Family Programs & Activities

Art Program

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

ON HOLD TBD RE: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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.

CANCELLED - We look forward to 2021

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.

POSTPONED - TBD RE: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

Christmas Party

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

CANCELLED - Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

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. 

HALLOWEEN PARTY :
CANCELLED - Due to COVID-19 Restrictions

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?

TBD RE: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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.

TBD RE: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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.

TBD RE: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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.

SEPTEMBER 26 - Outdoor Fun

Twenty-Plus Survivors Group

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

POSTPONED - TBD RE: COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

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.

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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