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Million Dollar Smiles playground builds

During the summer months, Million Dollar Smiles (MDS) builds playgrounds in the backyards of selected children who are navigating life-threatening illnesses and medical adversity in their everyday lives. MDS currently has spots available for this summer's playground builds and is now looking for families! Please note that acceptance also depends on qualifications: * a sponsor in your community - we are presently building in GTA and surrounding areas * child is in treatment or maintenance * backyard must meet requirements as playground is 17 feet long and 18 feet wide * ground must be cleaned and ready to build * age 10 months to 8 years old If interested, in your response please ensure

When Cancer Hits, Engage Children Actively

Caregivers for children when there’s cancer in the family or when the child himself is diagnosed need to keep in mind three lessons that both experienced cancer caregivers and oncology social workers cite. Read more here:

FDA clears first therapy for rare childhood cancer

United Therapeutics' Unituxin has become the first-ever therapy approved in the US for neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that most commonly occurs in young children. Read more here:

Hospital parking survey

Last year, OPACC participated in a roundtable discussion with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other community organizations about the issue of reducing hospital parking rates. While nothing has been announced publicly to date as a result of those discussions, the perspectives shared during the stakeholder consultation were deemed "extremely insightful" by the Ministry and will inform their future approach. As part of the consultation, the Ministry had a number of questions around this issue that we have replicated in a survey and would love to get feedback from our members on to share with the Ministry so that OPACC's members' voices are heard. Click here to access the short, 7

Researchers map "genomic landscape" of childhood adrenocortical tumors for the first time

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an advance that could lead to better identification of malignant pediatric adrenocortical tumors, and ultimately to better treatment, researchers have mapped the "genomic landscape" of these rare childhood tumors. Their genomic mapping has revealed unprecedented details, not only of the aberrant genetic and chromosomal changes that drive the cancer, but the sequence of those changes that trigger it. Read more here:

Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada's children's programs

The Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada has a number of children's programs to help children with cancer, such as: Camp Scholarships: The Camp Scholarship Program provides funding for children aged 7-18 who are undergoing cancer treatment and those who have completed treatment and feel well enough to attend a camp setting to go to a camp of their choice for free. Children can choose from a list of participating camps featuring sports, music, art, science, horseback riding, water skiing or other activities they missed most during treatment. As part of the Camp Scholarship Program, the Foundation also provides kids with a camp backpack, filled with items they will use while enjoying their cam

Caregivers and the Ultimate ‘What If’

Life presents many difficult challenges throughout the course of the years that unfold before us. Perhaps that is the ultimate understatement. Simply working, maintaining a household, keeping a marriage alive and raising kids present what becomes a daily and life-long challenge. When you then insert the wrinkle of trying to parent a child with cancer, along with maintaining all of the above, you test a caregiver’s every fiber and being. Read more here:

POGO special event honouring Dr. Mark Greenberg

CIRQUE & Celebrating Dr. Mark This year, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) will recognize one of childhood cancer’s Champions, Dr. Mark Greenberg. On April 25th, POGO’s annual signature event – Cirque, held at Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex – will celebrate Dr. Greenberg’s work, while raising vital funds in support of our mission to ensure all children with cancer, and their families, have equitable access to the best care for the best possible outcomes. Thanks to Dr. Greenberg’s tireless efforts, unwavering leadership and remarkable vision for over 30 years, POGO and its partners have championed kids’ cancer care and created an invaluable legacy for Ontario—a unique and high

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