Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we are having to change the way we deliver many of our programs and services. For the most current information, please visit Childcan’s Response to COVID-19
Children’s Hospital refers families to Childcan immediately after diagnosis so that they know we are here to help, providing support as soon as possible after they are faced with the news. At our first meeting, we provide each family with a Childcan Care Package, which includes:
· Information explaining programs and support services offered by Childcan
· A hospital parking pass for the time their child is on active treatment
· A special hand-made quilt donated by quilters from our region
· Gas, pharmacy and other gift cards to help with immediate costs of treatment
· A booklet listing other available support resources
In addition to the hospital parking pass provided in the Childcan Care Package, the Parking Program provides:
· Parking tokens for offsite satellite clinics at Windsor Regional Hospital and Kitchener’s Grand River Hospital
· Parking reimbursement for families travelling from the region to Toronto’s SickKids Hospital for treatment unavailable locally
An application process facilitated through the paediatric oncology team of social work, Interlink community nurse and family support associate helps us provide support for urgent financial needs made untenable by the costs associated with treatment, as well as the direct treatment-related costs of temporary and long-term care. This program provides financial support to assist with expenses such as:
· Assistive devices
· Rent and mortgage payments
· Utility bills
· Grocery costs
· Travel costs
This program was developed to support families whose child has earned their “angel wings” much too soon. It includes:
· Financial support to assist with funeral costs.
· Access to group or individual bereavement counselling.
Childcan hosts informal parent support group sessions, providing parents with the opportunity to gather and support one another.
Childcan organizes special dinners for families who are in the hospital during the holidays.
Applications for our 2020 Bursaries are now open. Please download and complete the application form.
Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email and successful award recipients will be notified in early August. Good luck!
The Volunteer Tutoring Program is a no-cost tutoring program for students in grades 1 through 10 who are off treatment and back in school. The tutoring targets mathematics and/or English as well as offering homework assistance, helping students to catch up on schooling missed during treatment. Find out more in our flyer.
Experts from Childcan and Children's Hospital spent some time with student teachers, explaining how cancer and its treatment can affect children's learning and school success. Two videos were created from this session which provide information which could be valuable to educators and parents in helping their children succeed.
Our Volunteer Tutoring Program is generously supported by Canada Life.
The Early Years Program is designed to help children aged 3-8 to overcome delays resulting from their cancer and prepare them for school entry or re-entry. The program's focus is on social, emotional, literacy, numeracy and motor skills development.
Resource kits have been developed with toys, books and activities specifically designed to enhance school readiness, and are available to be borrowed by our families. Additional kits and resources that concentrate on developing gross and fine motor skills are also available. If you are in or going to be in the London area and are interested in borrowing a kit or learning more, please contact Jackie Kinder.
Occupational Therapy students from Western University have helped us to put together a series of School Skills Videos which help early learners to improve their handwriting, memory, attention and other skills. These helpful videos offer tips to help you work with your child.
Additional resources are available through various programs throughout our catchment area. A number of these Early Years Resource Centres are listed.
Our Early Years Program, as part of our Volunteer Tutoring Program, is generously supported by Canada Life.
Through frequent hospital visits, over-the-phone and in-person support, Childcan staff are there to help families and children through a journey they should never have to face.
Families whose children are diagnosed and living with cancer are always seeking information to better understand the disease and their options. They feel empowered with knowledge to help guide their children and their family through their journey.
We help steer families in the right direction when looking for support agencies, existing government programs, or credible resources.
Working in collaboration with individuals and organizations locally, regionally and provincially, we continue to advocate for children with cancer, supporting awareness-raising activities during September, now officially recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the year.
- Through our travel program, we have negotiated very favourable rates at a couple of local London accommodations. We further assist by offsetting a portion of the discounted cost. This program is available for families who don’t qualify to stay at London’s Ronald McDonald House, for example, those who are coming for an early morning outpatient appointment.
- We also provide support for our families who receive treatment at SickKids by offsetting a portion of hotel or Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House stays while they are there for their child’s care.