Liam Kronlund may be busy with his studies but never shies away from taking time to volunteer for Kids Cancer Care in some way. Liam completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Studies at the University of Calgary and is now currently completing his Master of Science in pediatric oncology and physical activity at the U of C.
Four years ago, a colleague of Liam’s recommended him to the PEER program (Pediatric Cancer Patients and Survivors Engaging in Exercise for Recovery), which helps children of all ages get the physical activity they need, whether they are a survivor, a child currently going through treatment, or even siblings. “I absolutely loved it,” says Liam. “Within the program, I help lead and assist classes. Over the past two years, I have also been a one-on-one support for a younger participant. This has definitely been a highlight for me.”
Shortly after becoming a PEER volunteer, Liam was integrated into other initiatives including SunRise day camps and Camp Kindle, along with Halloween and Christmas parties held by Kids Cancer Care for families at the hospital. “My favourite part of volunteering is being welcomed in by this enormous family. The support from the staff and families is incredibly rewarding. I keep coming back, however, because the kids are amazing. Their strengths, their stories, and their personalities have been inspiring.”
Reflecting on the most memorable moment of volunteering with Kids Cancer Care, Liam says it’s hard to pick, but he has one fond memory from Teen Camp on his mind. “On the Saturday night at Teen Camp, right as the dance was finishing, we were all singing in a giant circle with our arms around each other. As the song finished, everyone ushered to the middle of the circle chanting, “We are all the same. We are all the same.”
Liam says that the feeling in the Enrflex Music Hall that night was “truly special.”
“For those considering volunteering with Kids Cancer Care, I believe the sooner you do it, the better! Start building your beaded journey and collecting magical moments. You’ll be grateful you did!”
Learn more about Kids Cancer Care's volunteer opportunities here.