OPACC families benefit from various partnerships that we have made with other organizations to provide you with free resources and access to fun events!
BERO HERO CAPES
OPACC is a distributor through our Parent Liaison program at SickKids. Bero Hero Capes is a project made with love by a great aunt who makes and donates professionally packed superhero capes to children at Sick Kids battling cancer in honour of her grandniece, Isabelle Bero. The capes aim to make the children feel empowered and feel like the superheroes that they truly are! If you would like one of these capes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and mention you are an OPACC family to get a free cape for your child and to arrange delivery with our Parent Liaison.
CJ SKATEBOARD PARK
Through our partnership with C.J. Skateboard Park, OPACC families are invited to attend their free "Kids Being Kids" days offered at various times throughout the year. Children can enjoy free skateboarding, scootering, the foam pit, videogames, arts & crafts, a skateboard show, and a free lunch. To register, please check our website and/or social media accounts for updates on upcoming event dates.
COMFY CASES PILLOWCASES
This OPACC program distributes pillowcases through our Parent Liaison program at SickKids. These beautiful and whimsical pillowcases are made by volunteers and designed to give an emotional boost to children staying in hospitals. Learn more at www.comfycases.ca
THE MAGIC YARN PROJECT
The Magic Yarn Project supplies FREE soft yarn princess wigs and character beanies for children undergoing cancer treatments. Our Parent Liaisons distribute them at SickKids & CVH. They can also be requested directly at:
ROM Discount Tickets
OPACC members can save 20% off on online admission ticket purchases at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto by using the promo code "OPACC". To purchase tickets please visit: https://www.rom.on.ca/en/visit-us/buy-tickets
OPACC distributes these Hero safety capes through our Parent Liaison program at SickKids. These capes are made with love by Jane Cockburn "Nana Jane" (Sadella's grandmother) for the "Suite" Sadella Arthurton fund for oncology patients at SickKids. Each safety cape was paid for and donated by someone for a child with cancer and/or their sibling(s). Monies raised have gone to the fund to support pediatric oncology families who may need assistance with hotels, transportation, parking, meals, etc. (fund is accessible through the hospital social workers). To get more information on how to request a free cape for your child, please contact our Parent Liaison at email@example.com
OPACC is a distributor through our Parent Liaison program at SickKids. The Shield Initiative creates, designs, and delivers free wooden platforms for IV poles. Each shield is a work of art and each gorgeous design is unique. They are lovingly crafted by volunteer tech design and art students at Westmount Collegiate in Thornhill – each one is student designed and student created. For more information and to request a shield, please visit their website at www.shieldinitiative.com. They are also in need of volunteers, sponsors, and donations of materials to help support the program.
Important update (June 2017): The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has raised safety concerns about the use of these shields in the hospital and, until they are addressed to their satisfaction, children will not be allowed to use their shields while in the hospital. As safety is a priority for everyone involved, we are working with The Shield Initiative and the hospital towards a goal of properly addressing these concerns. Until then, there are many other ways to re-purpose the shields, including using them as a table, a wall plaque (they are beautiful works of art!), or some other sort of way to honour your child's cancer journey.
STARS IN A JAR
OPACC is a distributor through our Parent Liaison program at SickKids. Stars in a Jar was created by childhood cancer survivors and seeks to connect survivors with children on active treatment by providing messages of hope, strength and of a life after cancer. Each (free) Jar is its own connection to a specific survivor, as glimpses of their journey and their messages of hope are recorded on origami stars for a patient to unfold and discover.Currently, they have only two different types of cancer available on their roster (rhabdomyosarcoma and Hodgkins Lymphoma) but are working towards adding more. If you are a young adult (aged under 25) childhood cancer survivor interested in writing your own Jars, please click here to submit your application.That being said, the Jars are general enough that someone with a different diagnosis would still be able to take away things from the Jars. When ordering, you are encouraged to consider other commonalities in addition to the diagnosis, such as treatment types. Please note that the Jars are currently only being distributed in Toronto and Ottawa.
Upopolis is a free private online social support network available to youth 10-18 years with hospital experiences or chronic medical conditions. It provides youth living with a chronic medical condition access to peer support from other youth, access to a team of child life specialists seven days a week, and medical information created for youth and vetted from reliable sources. Learn more at www.upopolis.comOPACC is a Upopolis online referrer. If a youth is interested in signing up, all they need to do is complete the user pledge form either through our Parent Liaisons at clinic or online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SVNYPPT
Within 48 hours of receiving the referral from OPACC, Upopolis will send the youth a link to the email they provide with information on activating their account.