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.


Our goal has always been the wholistic care of the family and during COVID-19, we have continued to maintain programming through virtual means in all areas possible. 

The Educational, Financial and General Support Programs described below, have all been adapted and are available. We are also continuing to work on developing future programming for late effects often associated with a childhood cancer diagnosis.

We are pleased to announce that the Kids with Cancer Society is PILOTING A NEW LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM. Funding of up to $1,000 is available for elementary through high school children who are newly diagnosed, on active treatment or in survivorship, and are falling behind in school due to hospitalization. 

The financial support is inclusive of a number of different strategies including, but not limited to, private tutoring, structured online learning strategies classes, structured online literacy, or numeracy courses, or to purchase memberships for online learning support programs such as I-XL. This funding is also applicable for Kumon or Sylvan Learning. Families will be reimbursed for up to $1,000 upon proof of payment.

PLEASE NOTE that tutoring from a member of the child’s family, extended family or friends, IS NOT ELIGIBLE for payment and cannot be reimbursed.

To learn about this program and to obtain an application form please contact Roxann Vaos at

Virtual Activities 

We have adapted many family activities to follow AHS COVID-19 guidelines. We will always put the care of our families, friends, donors and staff first. For more information on each Family Programs, contact or call 780.496.2459. 

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

There are virtual groups and activities already on the calendar and some others still in the planning stages.

  • Parent Group: October 19, 6:00 pm
    Connect with other parents who are on a similar journey at different stages.
  • Walking with Grief: October 20, 6:00 pm
    We invite parents who have lost a child to cancer to join our virtual support group, on the third Wednesday of each month.

  • Halloween Treats
    Kids under 12: October 21-26
    Watch your Inbox and our Family Facebook Group page for all the details.
  • Teen Group (Ages 12-17)
    Pumpkin Carving: October 23, 6-8:00 pm
  • Virtual Art Session for ADULTS
    Ink Blot Art: November 2, 7:00 pm
    Using India ink, you will begin to let go of control and watch as the ink blots flow on your paper. Your imagination will guide you as you add detail using tonal variations and white compressed charcoal.
  • Virtual Art Session for KIDS
    Monster Mash: November 6, 10:00 pm
    Is a blob ever just a blob? Paint and play in this process art Virtual session with Adrienne F. Using your imagination turn your colourful blobs into a mashup of monsters!
  • Zentangle Returns
    KIDS ages 9+
    November 20, 10:30 am
    ADULTS 16+November 25, 7:00 pm
    Zentangles are miniature pieces of abstract art, made from simple patterns that anyone can do.

    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

    Pre-pandemic, this fully-funded program provided 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 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.

    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

    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 for Post-secondary 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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