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.

Family Activities 

The Kids with Cancer Society House and Papa Ken’s House are open, and private sessions may be available for counselling services, educational support, and general programming. We will continue to put the care of our families, friends, donors and staff first as we find a path back to “normal.” For more information on each Family Program, call 780.496.2459 or email

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

These are our current groups and more exciting activities will be added in the coming months.

  • Teen Group (In Person, ages 12-17)
    Edmonton Corn Maze
    Saturday, Oct 1, 4:00 pm
    Register HERE 
  • Girls with Brain Tumours (In Person)
    Tuesday, Oct 18
    Wednesday, Nov 23
    Tuesday, Dec 13
    Girls ages 8-18
    5-7 pm at KWCS House
    Dinner is provided
    Register with Dianne:
  • Halloween Party
    Wednesday, Oct 26
    Register HERE
  • Pampered Parents Night
    Thursday, Nov 3
    5-8 pm 
    Join us for an evening of wellness!
    Massage, guided relaxation, and meditation
    Dinner provided
    Connect with other families
    Registration opens soon
  • Christmas Party
    Sunday, Dec 4
    Fantasyland Hotel & Galaxyland
    Registration opens in October
  • Walking with Grief (Virtual)
    We invite parents who have lost a child to cancer to join our virtual support group, on the third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm on Zoom.
    Register with Kyla:

NEW Family Program

To learn about this program and to obtain an application form please contact 780-496-2459.

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. We urge families to check back here often and/or join the private Family Facebook Group for program updates as the situation evolves. We look forward to the time 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

Held each September long weekend at Camp He Ho Ha, this four-day weekend provides an indoor camping experience for families who are at various stages of the disease and survivorship. Activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, mini golf and, family dances. At the end of the weekend many of the families leave the camp with a sense that they are not alone in the fight against childhood cancer. It also provides newly diagnosed families with a feeling of hope as they see children who have survived the disease. 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.

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 parents’ night off includes massages, wellness activities and a delicious meal.

Secret Santa

In December, children visit the Kids with Cancer Society Program House to secretly select gifts for their siblings and parents. Elves assist with the gift wrapping, baked goods are available to take home, and families have an opportunity to socialize over refreshments.

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.

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 Package KWCS 2022-23_June 15, 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.


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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