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Welcome to OPACC

Welcome to Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer's website!  On this website, you will be able to find information on resources for families and parents of children with cancer. 

OPACC was established in 1995 and is comprised of representatives from parent groups, parent contacts, and other family members from across the province. Our members are parents, guardians, survivors, or close relatives of a child/teen diagnosed with childhood cancer. 

OPACC is an independent registered charity; while we often partner with other organizations to provide services to our families, our programs are managed separately. OPACC receives no government funding and all funding for the development of our programs, services and special events (which are provided at no cost to our families) comes from the donations of generous organizations, businesses, foundations, and individuals.

We invite you to explore our website where you will find information about our organization, great resources and links to help you on your journey, and ways to make connections with others who understand what you are going through.

On the site, you will find information on:

Please also feel free to contact us directly should you require any information that you cannot find on this website. Our email address is:

OPACC Resources

OPACC-supported community-based parent support groups

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Recent News & Events

OPACC News & Events

  • Read our Summer 2014 newsletter

  • OPACC is currently recruiting for volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors

  • Wanted: Parent readers to provide feedback and suggestions on our guides, which will be part of our updated Parent Resources/Health Records binders that our Parent Liaisons give out to new families

  • SAVE THE DATE! OPACC and the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation are teaming up again on Saturday, October 18th 2014 at Playdium for the Toronto Inside Ride 2014!

  • August 2014 support group meeting dates (read more information on this month's support group meetings here)

    Tuesday, August 12th: Hamilton

    Monday, August 18th
    : Oakville

    : Sick Kids drop-in support groups every Monday morning and Tuesday evening

  • OPACC is presenting a Parent Facilitator Training session on September 27th for those interested in becoming facilitators for new or existing childhood cancer parent support groups

  • Kaps4Kids is a fun, easy way that you can host an event at your school, workplace, organization, or group and come together to raise awareness and funds in support of OPACC and those children and families that we support
  • Register here for the Million Dollar Smiles 2014 Bearhug program to get your child a FREE giant teddy bear and $100 gift card for Christmas!
  • Wild Water Kingdom 2014 discount code for OPACC members
  • Our "Sharing Hope" book is available for purchase online here!

  • OPACC t-shirts available for purchase here - show support for all of our "Heroes Coming Through"!
  • Support OPACC by purchasing The Little Grape That Could wine (OPACC gets nearly $7 per bottle!). Learn how here
  • Support OPACC by purchasing gift cards through FundScrip! Learn how here

Other News of Interest

  • Employment Insurance special benefits for Parents of Critically Ill Children effective June 9, 2013 - click here for more information on how to apply
  • Download a free copy of POGO's new "Money Matters" booklet here, which describes programs that many families access to manage the financial burden that may arise from their child’s cancer diagnosis
  • Watch the CBC Marketplace episode "Hospital Parking Pain" online here

Recent News

Wanted: Parent Readers!

We are in the process of enhancing our parent resources/health records binders that our Parent Liaisons give out to new families. One of our parents has kindly put together a couple of guides to include in the binders - one directed at parents and the other for friends and family. As these are evolving documents, ... [Read More]

Candlelighters Simcoe Upcoming events Dragon Boat, Potluck and Inside Ride

Hi everyone: Check out the upcoming events for Candlelighters Simcoe, hope you can join us!! Cheers, Barb Candlelighters Simcoe Upcoming Events Dragon Boat Festival August 22 and August 23: We welcome all families to join us this weekend for the Barrie Dragon Boat festival. All the activities are down at Heritage Park in Barrie (corner of Bayfield and Lakeshore). Parade of the teams Friday August 22- come and join us ... [Read More]