2017 Bursary Recipients Announced!
August 14, 2017 – Congratulations to this year’s recipients, an incredible group of young people who we are pleased to support in their post-secondary journey. We wish every success to Jarenes Basilio, Sara Cardelli, Nicholas Coady, Ryan Coughlin, Andrew DenHollander, Shannon Rogers, Aleks Stajdohar, Alexander Terpstra, Max Van Den Driesschen and Jessica Vandermuren.
Childcan’s Annual 10,000 Paces for 10,000 Faces Walk/Run
July 5, 2017 – Gather your friends and family, create or join a team, or come out on your own! Don’t miss this year’s 2.5K walk and 5K walk/run to support our children and families. Registration is open!.
$57,700 OTF Grant Brings Support for Bereaved Parents
June 26, 2017 – MPP Peggy Sattler and OTF Grant Review Committee volunteer Chris Harding joined Childcan at our Annual Community Meeting to celebrate a $57,700 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant dedicated to creating a bereavement program specifically for parents who have lost a child to cancer. Read more
Childcan’s Annual Community Meeting
May 12, 2017 – Please join us on Monday, June 26, 2017 as we look back at the past year. More details.
We are hiring!
May 11, 2017 – If you’ve got strong experience in finance, accounting and administration, and want to join our awesome team in the most meaningful work there is, please send in your resume! Full details here.
2017 Childcan Family Trip to Canada’s Wonderland!
April 7, 2017 – Childcan families, join us on July 14! The registration form is now available. Make sure you complete and submit it by no later than June 26, 2017. Giant thanks to the Brandon Prust Foundation for supporting this fantastic day!
3rd Annual Port Stanley Polar Bear Dip
March 4, 2017 – A fantastic day raising more than $30,000 for our children and families, captured on video by Through the Lens Productions.
Sharing a Little Light during the holidays
Dec. 20, 2016 – Our Christmas message for the wonderful people with whom we get to work included a beautiful original song and video, written by Chad Price with video production by Alex Foster-Roman and Lilac Media Group.
The Brandon Prust Foundation supports Childcan’s annual trip to Canada’s Wonderland
Dec. 16, 2016 – It’s not just the children and their families who are thinking well in advance about this event; it’s The Brandon Prust Foundation, which made a $10,000 donation to cover the costs of this fun-filled day. Read more in our media release.
Virgin Radio’s J Stevens Helps Childcan Tell Our Story
Sept. 12, 2016 – J and Kathleen talk about pediatric cancer, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the need for support on J’s video program, QnJ. Watch here.
CTV Helps to Raise Awareness of Childhood Cancer
Sept. 6, 2016 – CTV talks with a Childcan family, Dr. Paul Gibson and Childcan, bringing attention to the realities of paediatric cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the broadcast here.
Sarnia Childhood Cancer Survivor Receives Surprise Grant
Sept. 1, 2016 – Today our wonderful friends from The Tyler Robinson Foundation awarded an incredible grant to one of our families. Thank you! Read all about it in our media release, issued September 1, 2016.
London is Golden This September
Several London landmarks will be lit in gold this September, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Read more in our media release, issued August 30, 2016
Seven Deserving Recipients Awarded Bursaries
We’re thrilled to announce that we were able to help seven very deserving childhood cancer survivors as they embark on their post-secondary education. The 2016 Childcan Bursary Awards have been determined and the following amazing young people will be receiving $1,000 towards their chosen fields of study:
Jarod St. Louis
Again this year, we were very impressed with the calibre of the applicants and their submissions.
Survivors of childhood cancer are a very special group of people and we admire the strength and determination that has brought these recipients to this next exciting chapter.
On behalf of the Bursary Review Committee, our Board of Directors and the staff at Childcan, we wish you every success!
Join us on September 30 for our annual fund and awareness raising walk/run!
To find out more, register, or donate, visit www.childcan.com/walk!
Passes to the London Children’s Museum!
Childcan would like to extend a big thank you to the London Children’s Museum for providing family day passes for our out-of-town families, who can now spend the time between tests having fun and playing rather than in a waiting room.
The London Children’s Museum is a place where children learn how the world works, who they are and what they might become – all through play. The galleries are filled with hands-on and interactive activities that will entice and engage visitors from infancy to twelve – and their grown-ups too! The Children’s Museum helps children indulge their curiosity and play their way to innovation and creative discovery. For more information, visit londonchildrensmuseum.ca or look for them on Twitter: twitter.com/children_museum and Facebook: facebook.com/LondonChildrensMuseum.
In the News…
September Proclaimed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Ontario
Following is the news release issued by MPP Bill Walker announcing this wonderful step forward in increasing awareness and support.
For Immediate Release
May 5, 2016
Legislature passes MPP Walker’s motion on childhood cancer
QUEEN’S PARK – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says he was humbled by the support and personal stories that emerged during an-hour long debate at Queen’s Park on his motion to declare the month of September as childhood cancer awareness month in Ontario.
“It was truly humbling to hear today the emotional impact that cancer has had on all of us. There is truly no greater pain than to see your own child in pain,” MPP Walker said. “The intent of my motion was to empower children and youth living with cancer by letting them know that they are not alone, and that we will do better for them by standing united to conquer childhood cancer.”
As many as 400 children are diagnosed with childhood cancer in Ontario every year. While four in five will survive, a majority will suffer long-term effects, including infertility, heart disease and hearing loss.
As a result of the unanimous support received today, MPP Walker hopes to inject new hope into fundraising for family support, for research and ultimately saving children.
“When you consider that somewhere this very moment there is a family packing up and driving to the Hospital for Sick Children, the Children’s Hospital in London, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Kingston General or to McMaster Children’s Hospital, that their world has been turned upside down and their child is hurting, you can’t begin to imagine the raw emotions, the self-doubts and uncertainties facing these parents,” MPP Walker said. “In the words of my hero, Terry Fox, somewhere the hurting must stop.”
MPP Walker said he also had personal reasons for dedicating his private member’s ballot date to the children and families living with cancer in Ontario.
“This was also in memory of Conah Higgins and Brendan Rourke, and, furthermore, to recognize the tireless advocacy work of Brendan’s father, Neal, who is raising funds and awareness for young boys and girls whose childhoods have been regretfully cut short,” he said.
The motion also called on the province to recognize the gold ribbon as the awareness symbol of childhood cancer.
MPP Walker’s resolution was supported by ChildCan, a London-based non-profit that supports childhood cancer research. A number of stakeholders attended today’s debate, including Desboro native and advocate Neal Rourke with Childhood Cancer International, Antonia Palmer, founder of Neuroblastoma Canada and Co-Founder Ac2orn, Susan Juczynski from Children with Cancer, Renee Simmons and Kathleen Barnard from Childcan,Natasha Bowes from Childhood Cancer Canada, Clare Davenport, CEO of Childhood Cancer Canada, Patricia Zareba with Childhood Cancer Canada, Ron Mitchell, Co-Founder Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, Jacqui DeBique from Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) and Marjorie Morrison, CEO Canadian Cancer Action Network.