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.

Time to Remember

Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association

Please join us as we dedicate time during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to remember the children who have lost their lives to cancer. Although they are gone, these children remain in our hearts forever. Let’s honour their lives and the memories we hold inside and tell the world that, even after decades of research, far too many children still die from this disease.

To begin the evening, family members, volunteers and staff members are welcome to make lanterns honouring the children we have lost to cancer. We will complete our Time to Remember with a slideshow, put together by one of our bereaved mothers, highlighting our young heroes. If you would like to include your child in the slideshow, please send photos or a short video to Jenna before September 16th.

We encourage extended family and friends to join us. If you know families who have lost a child to cancer who are not currently part of the Kids Cancer Care community, please invite them. All are welcome.

RSVP here before Wednesday, September 23. Please indicate the number of adults and children that will attend. If you have any questions please contact Jenna or call 403 984 1229.

Please note that there will be no media present at this year’s event.


Oncology Parent Committee Info Night

Thursday October 6th, 6:00 - 8:00pm

For parents who are two or more years bereaved or whose children are two or more years off treatment.

As part of our Education Support Program, KCC is creating an oncology parent committee. The purpose of the committee is to help inform the types of programs and services offered by the Education Support Program through parent sub committees. Come find out what the parent committee is all about at this info night!

Register here.


Halloween Howler

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00pm
Kids 3-12

Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and join in on the fun as you take your kids through our family-friendly stations—pumpkin carving or painting, cookie decorating, crafts and a bouncy castle.  We will end the party with a surprise guest performance starting at 3:30PM. You don’t want to miss it!

 

Please bring a pumpkin to carve or paint and we’ll provide all the supplies!

Register by Friday October 7th, 2016.


Cool Yule

November 20, 2016

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.


PEER for Teens

Every Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
Ages 13-18

Fall semester starts October 5th. Registration open.

Please contact Jenna or by phone at 403 984 1229 for more information or to register.

PEER for Teens is a weekly exercise program designed to help teens rebuild fundamental physical skills while restoring immune system, energy levels and confidence, all through fun activities with fellow teens.  From rock climbing and sports skills to knowing your way around a gym, these classes are designed to give teens the confidence to be active no matter their abilities or limitations.


PEER for Kids

Every Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Ages 4-12

Registration for Fall - Full.

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

PEER is a collaborative initiative between the University of Calgary and Kids Cancer Care, developed by an interdisciplinary team of pediatric cancer specialists to help parents and health care professionals to use exercise to help ease the long-term impact of cancer and its treatments on kids. Specialized exercise programs are designed for each session to rebuild fundamental skills such as 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.

For more information, please email Jenna Schwanke or call 403 984 1229.


Teen Leadership Program

August - 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 service trip.

Teens meet monthly throughout 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 in their final year of the program (or in grade 12), raise funds and awareness to travel to an impoverished community to help in meaningful ways.

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

 

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Cooking & Caring

Monthly

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

Each month, Kids Cancer Care provides newly diagnosed families with home cooked meals to help ease the stress of having a child on treatment. After finding the family’s 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 or being a part of our Cooking & Caring community!

If you are in need of some help and could benefit from receiving home-cooked meals, please contact Jenna Schwanke or 403 984 1229

Bon Appetit!


Pizza Night

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

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