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

    Monday, September 8th:

    Tuesday, September 9th
    : Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton

    Monday, September 15th
    : Oakville

    (OPACC Newmarket starts in October)

    : Sick Kids drop-in support groups every Monday morning and Tuesday evening
  • 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
  • OPACC is currently recruiting for volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors
  • 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!

Ways you can help OPACC

  • Support OPACC by purchasing gift cards through FundScrip

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Children’s Wish changes policy on denying wishes to Million Dollar Smiles families

Good news for our families! The Children's Wish Foundation ("Children's Wish") has changed their policy on denying a wish to children who have already received a playground from Million Dollar Smiles. They will now grant a wish to an eligible child that has received a playground or gift from Million Dollar Smiles. If your child had ... [Read More]

Thyroid, kidney cancers rise slightly in U.S. kids

Children's kidney and thyroid cancers have increased in recent years, and though the diseases are rare, experts wonder if the rising rates could be related to obesity. Read more: