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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 latest newsletter here.

  • April 2014 support group meeting dates

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

    Monday, April 7th
    : Barrie

    Tuesday, April 8th: Hamilton & Kitchener-Waterloo

    Monday, April 14th: Newmarket and Oakville

  • 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!
  • 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.

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

Why Don’t Kids with Cancer Get the Drugs They Need?

In the last 25 years, just two drugs have been approved specifically to treat pediatric cancer in the United States, Vickie Buenger, president of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer, told me. Read more here:

Down Syndrome’s Link To Leukemia Risk Lies In The Genes, Study Finds

For nearly a century, doctors have known that children with Down syndrome face a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) — and now they finally know why. Read more here: