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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

Proud member:

Membership Sign-Up Form

OPACC News & Events:

  • OPACC is now collecting registrations on behalf of the Million Dollar Smiles 2015 Bearhug Program - register to get a FREE giant teddy bear and $100 gift certificate for the Christmas holidays!

    MDS is also looking for kids to build backyard playgrounds for this summer!

Ways you can help OPACC:

  • Support OPACC by purchasing gift cards through FundScrip

  • Bank of Montreal customers: Find out how you can support OPACC every time you use your BMO MasterCard through ChangeIt!

  • 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
  • Direct your workplace's United Way campaign contributions to OPACC!

  • Begin a third-party fundraising campaign for OPACC through CanadaHelps!

    Fundraise Now Through!
  • Our "Sharing Hope" book is available for purchase online!

  • OPACC t-shirts available for purchase - show support for all of our "Heroes Coming Through"!

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
  • Free online Childhood Cancer Resource Library from the Cancer Knowledge Network
  • POGO's Atlas of Childhood Cancer in Ontario
  • Support for siblings of children with cancer from the SuperSibs program
  • Excellent free educational resource booklet (PDF format) offered by the Children's Hospital at the London Health Sciences Centre called "Helping Schools Cope with Childhood Cancer." This resource can be shared with educators and the school community to help them better understand childhood cancer and help students continue their education after a cancer diagnosis.
  • Sick Kids Oncology Resource Information Hour (free information, resources, financial assistance forms, and more!):

Recent News

Support group for bereaved parents at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto

Late Effects: One Survivor’s Experience

In 1978 I was diagnosed  with Ewing’s Sarcoma to my left chest wall. At that time, Ewing’s was almost uniformly fatal. Rather than let the cancer run its course, my parents chose to pursue experimental treatment hoping against the odds that the treatment would rid me of the cancer. I have enjoyed 36 years with no evidence of disease. [...] ... [Read More]