Adolescents/Young Adults (AYA):
An online community to help teens with cancer deal with the possible appearance-related, social and nutritional side effects of treatment
An online learning hub that provides youth with information on what to expect during cancer diagnosis and treatment. Developed by researchers at SickKids.
Bringing together AYA patients, caregivers, and clinicians to identify the key areas of research that are needed to improve care for AYAs with cancer in Canada.
Cancer Dudes provides resources and educational materials to address the unique needs of men who have cancer.
Provides support, facilitates connections and empowers young women (18-40) who are courageously overcoming the social and emotional challenges of being diagnosed with cancer across Canada.
POGO's AfterCare Program provides systematic follow-up for childhood cancer survivors – helping survivors stay healthier
Financial Support & Free Resources:
A Child's Voice Foundation (provides free wigs and financial assistance to financially disadvantaged children in Canada who are facing illness)
Candlelighters Simcoe (for families in Simcoe County & surrounding areas: emergency financial assistance and Christmas gifts program)
Chai Lifeline Canada (for Jewish children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness: financial assistance, Disney trips, event tickets)
Childcan Support Services (for families in SW Ontario: parking program, financial assistance, meal vouchers, bursaries, volunteer tutoring)
Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation (survivor scholarships, free event tickets, funeral financial assistance)
The Guelph Wish Fund for Children provides wishes and support to children under the age of 19, residing in Guelph or Wellington County, who are living with a significant illness.
Hayden's Hope Foundation (assist pediatric oncology families in SW Ontario requiring financial support for travel costs and mental health)
Help a Child Smile (for families in Hamilton: offer hospital parking program at McMaster and for Hamilton transplant patients at SickKids)
Provides Canadians in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home, regardless of age or medical need.
Icing Smiles Canada (provides free custom cakes to families impacted by the critical illness of a child)
Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity (provides financial assistance to families of seriously ill children)
Financial program available to families across Canada who must travel to access early phase clinical trials for children and adolescents with cancer.
If you're in need of urgent financial assistance, we suggest looking at resources in your local community for help as well, including:
Local community Facebook groups (i.e. Community Angels in Toronto, Barrie Families Unite in Barrie, Mothers of the 8th Floor for SickKids families, OPACC local support group Facebook pages, etc.)
NextDoor app (neighbourhood connections)
Your local Reddit message board
Service clubs in your community like Lions Club, Rotary, etc.
Contacting local media to share your story
See our special section on mental health supports here
Advocates for translational research and effective treatments to realize the goal of curing childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancers.
The Childhood Cancer Database Project was created by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to better understand how childhood cancer affects families.
Childhood Cancer Guides are a series of well-respected books that are reviewed by experts and full of practical and poignant stories from families of children with cancer.
Helena’s Hope is supported by over 150 Canadian childhood cancer families from 8 Provinces who are collaboratively advocating the government for increased funding and access to early stage clinical trials and innovative treatments.
Other Helpful Organizations & Resources:
Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation (their mission is to create victories for Canadian children with cancer through investment in research and education/community programs)
Childhood Cancer International (an international umbrella organization of childhood cancer grassroots and national parent organizations)
A short film series featuring kid-friendly videos that help children with cancer understand a wide range of important cancer-related topics.
Lainie's Angels (a U.S.-based foundation that provides peer mentoring support to families of children with cancer and blood disorders); initial funder of OPACC's Parent Liaison program
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (their mission is to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families)
POGO (their mission is to improve the circumstances of all children who are afflicted with cancer and those of their families and caregivers)
Ronald McDonald Houses (gives families a place to stay close to the hospital where their child is being treated)
Supports mental health of kids & families affected by childhood cancer through virtual and in-person events
The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada's closed Facebook support group for parents of a child with a brain tumour.
Provides free and professionally-led online support groups for those who are unable to attend a professionally-led face to face support group because they live in a rural area or have a busy schedule of medical appointments or caregiving duties.
Chai Lifeline Canada (for Jewish families: counselling, retreat, bereavement program, telephone support groups)
Hosts informal monthly parent support group sessions in London, Sarnia and Windsor, providing parents with the opportunity to gather and support one another
Informal group of childhood cancer dads in Ottawa that meet monthly to support each other
Grandparents of Cancer Kids: International online (on Facebook) support group for grandparents whose grandchildren are, or have been, going through a battle with cancer.
Startthetalk.ca: Supporting children and teens when a family member has cancer. A guide for educators, healthcare professionals, patients and those close to them.
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