TESTIMONIALS

Despina L.

Via CanadaHelps

"Amazing organization helped our family in so many ways !!!!!!!"

Karen W.

Via Instagram

"OPACC is an organization that is the first human contact for these parents and children. They are there to listen, for a shoulder, to offer a coffee or tea and a snack. But most of all OPACC is there to help these parents through the most difficult part of their lives."

Fiona S.

Via CanadaHelps

"Thank you for your continued work providing care and support. You outreach to families who sometimes don't want to talk, who have financial difficulties but don't want to say, have fears and anxieties but don't want to voice. You are just there and that [is] enough, is reassurance - thank you."

The Pollitt Family

Via email

"OPACC was there for our family when our son was diagnosed. The tremendous amount of support and love we were shown will never be forgotten. The delicious treats...the conversations and the hugs. OPACC lifted us up when we were down and was always there for us! Thank you for making our very difficult journey a little easier! God bless ♥️"

Melody D.

Via Instagram

"Susan, never underestimate the importance of what you do! Personally, you were a huge support to me when my son was at SickKids not long ago. @opaccorg helps so many parents like myself who are otherwise unaware of the many resources available to them while they’re facing unimaginable challenges. Thanks to all of you for shining this important light."

Chris P.

Via CanadaHelps

"Thank you for all your support throughout this overwhelmingly difficult time!!"

Fhareen J.

Via email

"Every act of kindness, every cup of tea, every tissue, every hug makes such a big difference in our lives."

Michelle C.

Via CanadaHelps

"OPACC supported us, and it is amazing what conversation from those who get it, shared over refreshments, can do."

The Lacasses

Via CanadaHelps

"The staff is amazing and have helped us so much, they really go above and beyond!!!"

David M.

Via CanadaHelps

"Thanks for all the great work that you do helping families and children through a difficult time in their lives."

Sue P.

Via CanadaHelps

"Thank you for all of your support you provided for our family in our time of need last year."

Susana K.

Via CanadaHelps

"You were there for my daughter and my family while she battled osteosarcoma 16 years ago and won the fight. Thank you for all your help!!"

Alexandria F. (Certified Child Life Specialist, Credit Valley Hospital)

Thank you card

"To our friends at OPACC, How can we thank you enough. From the moment your group first began coming to CVH we could feel the impact. You are all such an incredible outlook and beacon of hope for families going through the hardest of times. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Julie S.

Via email

"Dear Susan, Thank you for being my angel today. [...] Thank you for the coffee, and really beautiful blanket. The blanket made the green bench so much more comfortable! I'll never forget all these nice gestures you've done over the last few years."

Besmira G.

Via CanadaHelps

"The coffee service at Sick Kids has been a nice little treat during our clinic days on Thursdays. In addition to offering us coffee and treats, Michelle has gone out of her way to offer emotional support and strength as we navigate through this difficult journey. No words can describe how grateful we are for OPACC and the selfless work done by the Parent Liaisons. Thank you!"

Mark W.

Via email

"If I close my eyes I can still see Susan and John’s warm smile each week when I walked into the OPACC room on the 8th floor at Sick Kids.  Even though each child’s journey was unique, we spent the better part of 2 years living at the Hospital for Sick Kids with our 5 year old daughter Sarah.  Unfortunately, Sarah passed away at the age of 7, but this blurb isn’t about that.  This blurb is about the smiles that OPACC provided to me, Sarah and my family.  The room was a place to cry, to laugh and to pretend just for a brief moment that we were a normal family in all of the chaos we lived in.  OPACC was a refuge of happiness and kindness. My family and I will always remember OPACC and will always be in debt for the way they treated Sarah and our family."

Emily B.

Via Facebook

"OPACC supports our parent support group here in Niagara. This is not just a support group. It's my go-to for everything. We celebrate no more chemo together, we cry when there is a relapse, we come together to help a cause, cook dinner for families, sew courage capes, and we lend a helping hand. We laugh together, we raise each other up. Life with cancer is hard, life after cancer is hard too. This group has turned my journey from just surviving to thriving. Thank you OPACC!"

Hudson Family

Via mail

"Thank you for all of the incredibly important work that you do. You make a difference in the lives of childhood cancer families."

Melody D.

Via Facebook

"Thanks to each and every one of you for all that you do, and for making us parents feel cared for during our time here at Sick Kids."

Victoria B.

Via Facebook

"Thank you all for the endless support ! We have had some good talks during this drop-in."

Hema K.

Via CanadaHelps

"Thanks for the great work OPACC does for children and families!"

Sharon P.

Via letter

"In 2009 during Eric's first battle I was alone, fearful and terrified. I suffered in silence to be strong for Eric who was 9 years 10 months. This relapse, I reached out to OPACC and I am forever grateful to be friended during this journey and supported. I am still terrified but I am not alone! I appreciate the listening ears of Susan, Michelle, and Karen more than words can say. I appreciate the coffee/tea mornings so much that the simple gesture can make one's day during a storm of chaos. Forever grateful to OPACC."

Gustavo I.

Via CanadaHelps

"God bless you for all the support that you give to childhood cancer families."

Barb B.

Via website

"Thank you OPACC for everything you do. It doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated."

Michelle D.

Watch Michelle's moving video testimonial here: https://www.onestory.com/stories/9uepfds3

Rosann L.

Via website

“Just want to thank Susan for her thoughtfulness. She is such an amazing, understanding, caring person. Being the only person here with my two year old, Kaeley, (ALL), Susan always look for ways she can help. She pushed my stroller to the ward where I was going. Then she bought me a coffee. What a thoughtful thing to do when you are alone and have no one to help. Keep up the good work, it makes a world of difference to have someone who truly cares.”

Ugonma E.

Via email

"I really do appreciate all support given to families like mine during these difficult times."

Christa B.

Via email to our Parent Liaison John

"[...] Thank you for your amazing support and understanding.  You were always patient and listened to the good and the bad. We appreciate your optimism and beautiful smile that greeted us when we saw you. You and Susan helped us navigate the scary world of cancer and have made it less intimidating."

Susanne R.

Via email

"Really appreciate all you guys do for us! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"

Roisin S.

Via website

“Hi, we met Susan in the middle of our treatment (ALL) she was great! Offered so much information and compassion that was needed. For that we thank you Susan and OPACC.”

Shruti C.

Via Facebook

“To Suzi Kuczynski and John of OPACC….thanks for being there every time I needed you. True, I didn’t meet you in the best circumstances but I am very glad I met you two. Thanks to you I feel a little less lonely in a country where I have been only for 3 years. OPACC is wonderful and credit goes to you guys.”

Marianne G.

Via Facebook

“Susan and John are great. They are such a support and help to us through theses hard times.”

Heather S.

Via Facebook

“Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers and especially to Suzi Kuczynski who sat with me while we waited for those results. Your support was incredible. While I know God is always there with us, I also know that He put you in our path yesterday to let me know He is always meeting our needs.”

Courtney G.

Via Facebook

"Your OPACC hospitality is always a bright spot in what can be some stressful visits to the Sears Clinic."

Fay M.

Via email (re: Family Fun Day)

“I would like to extend my appreciation to the organizers of this event. The joy they brought to my son and other kids and other parents like me is priceless. Regardless of the weather you guys give warmth of care to the kids who mostly needed it. To the whole staff and the C.J. Skateboard Park (owner and volunteers) who makes this event a success each year and the generosity of your family, from our hearts, thank you.”

Jeanne Z.

Via email to Susan Kuczynski, Parent Liaison

“Thank you so much for being there at the hospital all these weeks and months and years.  You have always been such a source of comfort and reassurance for me.”

Dave M.

Via email to Susan Kuczynski, Parent Liaison

“Thank you for all you have done to help parents cope through the worst nightmare imaginable. You’re a blessing.”

Pegah S.

Via email to Susan Kuczynski, Parent Liaison

"Dear Susan, You have been like an angel, like a mother and a great friend for all of us. You have made our days much brighter and took so much of the pain away just by listening to us. [We] are very thankful for all your help and act of kindness. God bless you."

Tammy W.

Via email

“Susan, […] we met in August after my daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. You have been so helpful and supportive anytime we’ve seen you at HSC. I’m with my mom all the time and my mother in law has been with us too. You were kind enough to call my husband too.”

Michele P.

Via email

“Hi John and Susan. I wanted to take this chance to wish you a Merry Christmas and say thank you for offering your support and being there when even a friendly smile in the halls of 8A was all I could accept.”

Dora S.

Via email

"I just wanted to say thank you so very much for all that you do. This year was a challenging year, and our family certainly learned a lot."

Sajedah H.

Via email

“I wanted to say how grateful I am for organizations like yours. What you do is amazing and parents like me appreciate your efforts so very much.”

Sarah C.

Via email to Susan Kuczynski, Parent Liaison

“You are a gift to this world and us Momcologists and Dadcologists. You really are a very special person and a gift to us all.”

Amy A.

Via email

"OPACC was there for us every Monday morning and Tuesday evening at Sick Kids. They helped me talk about Mia’s condition and listened with empathy and such wonderful support-  John & Sue are the best! God Bless them for their selfless work. They gave me such great advice, helped me sign up for events for Mia and helped me deal with my daily struggles. The coffee and treats were so thoughtful and very much needed.  Its difficult to stay strong all the time, especially when your child is suffering from any critical illness, but OPACC helped me deal with my daily and weekly struggles, and I would always leave them feeling a little bit better. They knew what I was going through which is the most important thing. Both John and Sue have lived through this. It was comforting to know that you are not alone in this journey. Yes, you have family and friends to help you, but no one really can understand your emotions and your struggles unless you have experienced them yourself. I got my strength from them. If they were able to continue on and get through their children’s illnesses, then I could too. And, we have been able to get through this."

Vishal R.

Via CanadaHelps

"Thank-you for the support that you provided my friend and her family when her daughter got sick. I know it has meant so much to her."

Deirdra R.

Via CanadaHelps

“Without the Parent Liaison in place in 2001 (Susan), our family would not have experienced the great support we did and had the understanding we did.”

William T.

Via CanadaHelps

“The kids are our future. Thanks for helping them.”

Harold G.

Via CanadaHelps

“Please direct to Parent Liaison Services. They provided us with a wealth of information when our son was diagnosed with leukemia.”

Anonymous

Via CanadaHelps

“I was nominated to do the ALS ice bucket challenge .. instead of donating to ALS, I’d like to donate to OPACC .. Our son [name withheld] was diagnosed with Leukemia this May and I know how much OPACC has helped us during this difficult time .. and this is our way of saying thank you.”

Kerri P.

Via CanadaHelps

“A warm thank you to John, the Parent Liason at HSC. Always kind and supportive and easy to talk with. Our daughter had just turned 16 when she was diagnosed with leukemia. It seemed to me that John really understood what Francesca was experiencing. He would often set aside her favorite pastry for when she was able to eat after the lumbar puncture. It was certainly nice to see him on clinic days. Thanks OPACC!”

Anonymous

Via CanadaHelps

“You do amazing work!”

Anonymous

Via CanadaHelps

“Keep on doing what you do. It matters.”

Tanya B.

Via CanadaHelps

“You guys do an amazing job of supporting all of us in this journey!!”

Michelle L.

Via CanadaHelps

“Thank you for all that you do to help us! It’s really appreciated.”

Christa B.

Via CanadaHelps

"You always have a loving smile and support that goes a long way."

Gail T.

Via CanadaHelps

"Keep up your wonderful work! Although somehow we missed you during my son's stay at SickKids, I did find your wonderful website extremely helpful following his treatment."

Anonymous

Via CanadaHelps

"Advocacy is huge. How many people desperately need this service from those able to provide it. I feel fortunate to be able to give to this cause. Best wishes."

Robert B.

Via CanadaHelps

"You've given so much hope to so many children with cancer & their parents. Please keep up the great work!"

Janet W.

Via mail

"Thank you for all you do for parents of children who are ill."

Gail T.

Via email

"Your website is actually the most comprehensive list of helpful links that I have seen."