Receiving a diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating – emotionally and financially. Childcan is here to support children and families through childhood cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment to recovery or bereavement. The current COVID-19 crisis is making this already difficult situation even worse – lay-offs, closures, restrictions, the incredible stress and worry resulting from having a very sick child during a health crisis. Now, more than ever, we need your help.
Fundraising events have always been a key source of revenue for us to fund our programs and services. Event postponements and cancellations are having a hugely detrimental impact. Right now, our focus is on providing as many of our core financial and emotional support programs as possible; because of physical distancing practices, we are having to cut and curtail some of our social support services. Your donation or consideration of hosting a virtual fundraising event will have a huge effect on our ability to help our families during this continuously evolving crisis.
Easing the Financial Burden
It is estimated that 1/3 of a family’s income will go to the costs associated with childhood cancer. This burden is compounded because one or both parents typically have to reduce or even leave their employment in order to care for their child. Their income is reduced but the costs are not: they are immediate and ongoing and include hospital parking, meals away from home, travel, medical expenses and more, on top of the usual household bills that don’t stop.
Our support is designed to alleviate the financial burden so that families can focus on their child’s care. Childcan provides:
• Hospital parking passes
• Hospital meal vouchers
• Gas, pharmacy and other gift cards
• Individual family financial support with medical and household expenses
• Assistance with treatment-related travel expenses
• Post-secondary education bursaries
• Assistance with funeral costs
Building a Community of Support
Childhood cancer can be isolating. As wonderfully supportive as they may be, it is difficult for family and friends to truly comprehend the impact of childhood cancer on every area of a family’s life. Childcan’s programs help build community, facilitating the sharing of experience through emotional and social support programs. Childcan provides:
• In-hospital, over-the-phone and in-person support
• Support groups
• Family activities, gatherings, outings and events
• Quarterly in-hospital family meals
• Access to accurate, helpful information and resources
• Tutoring and early years development support
• Advocacy and awareness building to increase community knowledge and support
Bringing Hope Closer to Home
Working with the paediatric oncology research unit at London’s Children’s Hospital, we are helping to increase accessibility to clinical trials by funding novel research closer to home for our children. Previously, participating in what could be life-saving new therapies required travel to distant centres, making involvement economically and logistically difficult.
We need your help
We rely on the generosity of our community through individual, corporate and foundation donations and sponsorships, as well as our own and community-organized fundraising events. We appreciate every dollar donated and put it to good use in providing these direct-to-family programs and services. We understand that you want your donation to be used wisely and as you intended. We are happy to work with you to designate your donation and to let you know the impact of your generosity.