Our family outreach programs, offered all year long, are designed to help kids escape the demands of cancer, if only for an afternoon or an evening. Whether it's a hockey game, yoga class or laser tag, our programs for tots, teens, parents and the whole family will get you out for some fun with other families affected by childhood cancer. Check back regularly for updated information regarding our family outreach programs.

PEER

Every Wednesday
Ages 4-12 and 13-18

This community-based exercise program is designed to improve recovery and enhance quality of life for children and youth affected by cancer (this includes on and off treatment patients as well as siblings)!

New in 2016! Our teen PEER program is now at the University of Calgary and is at a different time slot than the younger kids.

We’ve also added parent yoga classes that meet once a month at the same time as the younger class.

 

PEER is a collaborative initiative between the University of Calgary, Alberta Children's Hospital and Kids Cancer Care, developed by an interdisciplinary team of pediatric cancer specialists to help parents and health care professionals, working with young cancer survivors, to use exercise to ease the long-term impact of cancer and its treatments. Individualized exercise programs are designed for each child to rebuild fundamental skills, aerobic capacity, muscle strength, balance and flexibility, while restoring immune system, energy levels and confidence.

PEER is free and open to children with cancer (both on- and off-treatment), survivors and siblings! Please attend cold- and flu-free.

Please contact Jenna Schwanke at 403 984 1229 for more information or to register your child(ren) today.


Survivor Day

Sunday, June 5, 2016, Camp Kindle

This carnival-themed event focuses on celebrating survivorship and bringing family’s together to connect with each other who have similar journeys.

Survivor Day is also a time to share resources so we invite various organizations out to Camp Kindle to set up a booth and share resources with our families. We also invite a guest speaker to share current research that has been taking place throughout the year.

To RSVP, contact Nikki Lamarche.


Parent Program - Recreation

June - August, North Glenmore Park (Calgary Canoe Club)
For parents of children affected by cancer

Dragon Boat Training and Festival takes place between June and August each year. The parents get together for dry-land training and in-water training and then race in the Calgary Dragon Boat Festival in August. New parents of a child affected by cancer are always welcome! No experience required!

 

Calgary Dragon Boat Festival is August 13 - 14, 2016.

Contact Nikki Lamarche or call her at 403 984 6209 for more information!


Teen Leadership Program

September - June, Calgary and Edmonton
Grades 10 -12

The Kids Cancer Care Teen Leadership Program is for teens in grades 10 to 12 who have been affected by childhood cancer and certain hematological disorders. Patients, survivors, siblings and bereaved siblings get opportunities to develop as leaders through self-reflection, peer support, skill building, volunteerism and a travel project.

Teens meet monthly through the school year to develop and practice skills in communication, organization, responsibility, and public speaking. The teens engage in volunteer work at Kids Cancer Care programs as well as other local non-profits. A major highlight of the program is the travel project, where teens raise funds and awareness for impoverished communities and then travel to support those communities in some meaningful way. 

In March 2016, the teens will travel to the Dominican Republic to help a community in poverty by working on a community development project organized by Me to We. Me to We is a Canadian social enterprise that supports Free the Children.

Each teen must fundraise $2,500 for this project. To see the Teen’s profiles, donate to a specific teen or donate to the project as a whole, please click “donate to a teen” below. Thank you for your support! This volunteer initiative is made possible for our teens through the generosity of Stepper Custom Homes and the larger Calgary community.

For more information or to register, contact Nikki Lamarche or call her at 403 984 6209.

 

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New: Tutoring Program

Monday Nights
For kids and teens, K-12

Kids Cancer Care is in the early stages of developing a volunteer based tutoring program. We have recruited qualified individuals with tutoring and/or teaching experience to help with this program, and are able to facilitate all grades and learning levels.

If your child requires some additional help with school and you are interested in getting them involved now or starting in the Fall, please contact Breanne Blackburn.


Cool Yule

November 20, 2016
Theatre Calgary

Expect the unexpected in this timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the magical Christmas Eve that transforms his dark and lonely world into one of joy, love and redemption. Stephen Hair returns as everyone's favorite Scrooge. More information to come, closer to the date.


Cooking & Caring

Monthly

Feeding the stomach and the soul, one family at a time.

Each month, Kids Cancer Care selects a family that could benefit from some home cooked meals! After finding out their favorite foods, our special volunteer chefs get to work on preparing food to fill the family's fridge and freezer.

Thank you to COBS bread on 130th Ave as well as Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria in Country Hills, for being a part of our Cooking & Caring community!

If you have flair in the kitchen and are interested in this amazing and rewarding volunteer opportunity, please contact Jenna Schwanke at 403 984 1229 for more information.

Bon Appetit!


Pizza Night

Every Wednesday, Alberta Children's Hospital
For families staying at the hospital

'Pizza makes me think that anything is possible.'

Henry Rollins

Every Wednesday night on Unit 1 at the Alberta Children's Hospital, you'll find a group of dedicated Kids Cancer Care volunteers hosting a Pizza Night. This special night allows families to eat together, to talk and connect.

For more information, please contact Kelly Kerr or call her at 403 984 6209.

'Pizza night is so great! Not only is the pizza delicious, chatting with the amazing volunteers and other families on the unit is truly therapeutic. Thank you Kids Cancer Care!!'

Parent