What We Do
The Kids with Cancer Society provides unique, vital programs and services free of charge to children and families residing in Northern Alberta and the NWT.
Many families describe the Kids with Cancer Society as a lifeline when their lives have been turned upside down. We offer more than 50 programs and services that address their unique and complex needs ranging from Family support programs and activities, peer support, activities, counselling services, and financial and education support to name a few.
In 1979 a group of concerned parents knew that something had to be done! The fact was that their children had cancer and they felt alone.
Their efforts led to the creation of the Kids with Cancer Society. More than 40 years later, we are proud to say that children and their families are no longer alone during their journey.
The Kids with Cancer Society strongly believes that comprehensive, family-centered programs are essential to effectively treat children with cancer.
Our free-of-charge programs and services support the following groups of people:
Providing the necessary tools to help families cope with the demands of treatment and to minimize family disruption and related stress. Areas of support address the emotional, educational, accommodation, financial and survivorship needs of our children and families both from a therapeutic and recreational aspect.
Providing funds to the hospital that supports and complements basic care including child life activities, professional development, teen room upgrade and educational resources.
Ensuring that funds are available to participate in activities that improve the wellbeing and outcome for children with cancer. This includes the Muriel and Ada Hole Kids with Cancer Society Chair in Pediatric Oncology and the support of clinical trials, and general research funding.
11135 – 84 Avenue
The first of its kind in Canada, this facility is located within hospital walking distance. It provides on-site support programs to families at all stages of their cancer journey. This facility also houses our offices.
This facility was made possible by the generosity of the Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation and the Alberta Lottery Fund’s Major Community Facilities Program.
This accommodation facility is available when no other options exist. It gives out-of-town families free accommodations during treatment and follow-up appointments.
Named for Ken Webb, whose vision and devotion to the families of the Kids with Cancer Society, helped shoulder the parents’ load and carried the organization forward.
Made possible by the generosity of Paddy Webb, Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation, Qualico and the Alberta Government.
We might not be able to take the cancer away from the child, but what we can do is make their journey a little easier.
The Kids with Cancer Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of parents, pediatric oncology professionals, and industry leaders. In addition, the Family Advisory Council, a group of parents impacted by childhood cancer, plays a key role to advocate and direct the Society in the development and implementation of programs and services, as well as overall policy.
Be the Donor Difference. With your support, no child will fight cancer alone!
We are passionately dedicated to our children and are committed to developing an infrastructure that will ensure funds are directed to programs and services that will assist children in their battle against cancer.
In 2019 the Kids with Cancer Society hopes to raise $2,468,000 in support of the 50 programs and services provided to children with cancer and their families. The operating costs are estimated at 12% and will include salaries, and general administration costs. We do not solicit telephone donations or participate in telemarketing. We do not use professional fundraisers or commission-based compensation.
We keep a small staff (we only have 8 full time employees), a large volunteer base, and our goal is to obtain products and services through donation whenever possible.
Partner with Kids with Cancer Society to make a huge impact in a child’s family during an incredibly difficult time in their lives.
Donate your time. Help make our many programs for families and our fundraising events a huge success.
Do you have an idea for a fundraising event? Add your event to our list of community events. We can also handle the fundraising part.
No. All programs are supported through our fundraising efforts; there are no costs to families.
Yes. All children and teens ages 0-17, regardless of when they were diagnosed, have access to our programs and services. The society supports those who reside in Northern Alberta, and the Northwest Territories, Canada and who are currently, or have been treated for, childhood cancer.
As we believe that the diagnosis affects the entire family, many of our support programs include siblings and parents.
By working with our parents, and through close communication with the medical team who treat children with cancer, and the Family Advisory Council, the Society is able to identify priorities and fund only programs that will have the greatest impact.
When a child is diagnosed, the Society receives a referral from the hospital. This allows us to meet the family at the time of diagnosis and customize our support to meet their individual needs. We maintain contact with each family at every phase of their journey to ensure the right supports are in place.
Our “Brainworks” program aims to identify and address learning difficulties associated with treatment before they become a life altering challenge. This initiative includes consultation and assessment of the child in order to identify potential problems, tutoring, and interaction with schools.
Yes—Charitable Registration No. 88640-1397RR0001.