Kids Cancer Care's $1 Million gift creates the Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care
The first of its kind in Canada, the chair will focus on psychosocial oncology, a subspecialty that addresses the impact of cancer beyond the disease itself, such as strained marital and familial relationships, employment and financial difficulties, stress management and emotional exhaustion -- experiences that are typically overshadowed by the cancer, its treatment and prognosis.
Nancy Moules is the inaugural Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care. A licensed Registered Nurse as well as an award-winning scholar, teacher and researcher, Moules is widely-recognized for leading innovative research in this field.
Moules acknowledges the significant impact natural science research has had on reducing mortality rates, decreasing side effects, developing new cures and saving lives. "Numbers are great, necessary and useful but there is a story they don't tell," says Moules. "The research we do speaks to experiences such as the worries and efforts of grandparents, the impact on the parental relationship, the experiences of boyfriends and girlfriends of adolescents with cancer, the impact of kids cancer camps, just to name a few."
This gift is the second major gift the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta has made to children's cancer research. In the last 15 years, the charitable organization has awarded more than $10 million in research funding to University of Calgary cancer researchers and students.
"I couldn't be happier than to see this research chair established and to see it go to Nancy Moules," says Christine McIver, founder and chief executive officer of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. "Nancy is a gifted and respected researcher and as with many nurses, she is filled with compassion for the children and families she serves. Her research and expertise will not only help nurses but will help all health care practitioners to better understand the needs of families."