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 for 2024.

  • Creative Hearts – Kids Art Classes
    Saturday, February 24
    10 am-12 pm ages 5-8
    1 – 3 pm, ages 9-12
    Studio YEG Art
    REGISTER HERE

  • Junior Chefs – Let’s Make Donuts
    Thursday, February 29
    5:30-7 pm, 8-14 years
    Wellspring
    REGISTER HERE

  • Education Webinar for Parents
    Thursday, March 7
    6:30-7:30 pm
    REGISTER HERE

  • #Trending
    Wednesday, March 9
    Registration opens soon

  • Girls with Brain Tumours (7-18 years)
    Wednesday, March 13

    5:00 to 7:00 pm
    KWCS House
    Registration opens in February

  • Little Heroes Club (0-5 years)
    Stay tuned for our next event

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

    Support for Families

    BrainWorks

    Helping every student develop tool that work. Learn MORE HERE

    Hospital Support

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

    Educational Support

    Programs aimed at assisting your child with their educational needs

    Programs include:
    BrainWorks (see link above), Bursary Package 2023-24, Cancer in the Classroom, Conferences & Workshops, Patient Education, and more.

    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, In-house Counselling Services, Newly Diagnosed Program, Sibling Support, 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


    Family Programs

    We are hosting most or our programs in-person while continuing to keep our families, staff, and volunteers health and safety as a priority.

    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. 

    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 an afternoon at WEM Galaxyland, lunch, various entertainers, and Santa with Mrs. Claus.

    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. 

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

    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.

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