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. Check back regularly for updated information regarding our family outreach programs.

To participate in our programs, please register your family using our online registration system

Child Life Services

These group and one-to-one sessions with our certified child life specialist are designed to offer ideas for coping and the opportunity to share resources and discover new strategies to help kids in isolation navigate their health care journey, while connecting with each other. 

During COVID-19, we are offering child life services via online platforms.

Group Sessions 

Child life is offering group sessions for kids ages 4 to 7 and group sessions for kids ages 8 to12. These sessions are aimed at finding opportunities for fun interaction with peers, mixed with therapeutic elements to help promote coping and wellness. Our group sessions will be offered once per month for each age group. 

One-To-One Sessions
Our child life specialist also offers one-to-one sessions with kids who struggling with medical-related fear and anxiety. The goal of these sessions is to introduce your child to medical terminology using child-friendly terms and to familiarize them with medical tools and technology through medical play. The virtual sessions are designed to give your child a sense of mastery and control over the treatment process.

To register for group-based or one-to-one Zoom session with our child life specialist, email Kim.


PEER - Therapeutic Exercise

Our PEER exercise program is designed for kids on or off cancer treatment and for kids with certain hematological diseases. The right prescription for physical activity can help your child develop strength, endurance, coordination and flexibility. Regular exercise helps restore energy levels and improve mental and physical well-being. PEER exercise sessions offer kids the opportunity to be more socially engaged and can improve academic performance. 

During COVID-19, we are offering a mix of one-to-one, online and outdoor programs. 

Teens and Tweens (10 to 17 years old)

  • Online Zoom Sessions Wednesdays 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Outdoor adventure programs in person (canoeeing, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing) 
  • One-to-one sessions at our office

Preschool and School Age kids (3 to 9 years old)

  • One-to-One sessions at our office

To register for more information on PEER, please contact our exercise specialist Carolina.

Download a free copy of POEM (Pediatric Oncology Exercise Manual) here.

The PEER program meets Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) guidelines and is expected to support nurses in their understanding of the benefits of exercise for children affected by cancer. Endorsement is provided by CANO for a time period of one year, ending May 2022.


PEER Website

Check out our PEER website for pracitcal and fun exercise and activities you can do from home. 

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Teen Leadership Program

Ages 14 to 17

The Kids Cancer Care Teen Leadership Program (TLP) is for teens aged 14 to 17 who have been affected by childhood cancer and certain hematological disorders. Patients, survivors, siblings and bereaved siblings enjoy opportunities to develop as leaders through self-reflection, peer support, skill building, volunteerism and a service trip.

During the Pandemic the teens have been creating a newsletter for their peers, check it out: 

TLP Trumpet, August edition
TLP Trumpet, September edition
TLP Trumpet, October edition
TLP Trumpet, November edition
TLP Trumpet, January edition
TLP Trumpet, February edition
TLP Trumpet, April edition
TLP Trumpet, May edition

TLP Trumpet, Wrap Up Edition

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. TLP culminates in a travel project, where teens raise funds and awareness to undertake meaningful community development work in their own community or abroad. In the past the teens have taken part in building part of a school, building homes, visiting a shelter with kids going through cancer, teaching Canadian Culture in a different country and they have even worked bedside in a Pediatric Oncology Hospital abroad. 

For more information, email Kaity or call her at 403 984 6209.

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RBC is a proud supporter of the Teen Leadership Program


Cooking & Caring

We know families affected by cancer are familiar with isolation, but with the COVID-19 pandemic the need to isolate has become even more stressful. We are here for you and our volunteers are ready to help! We are temporarily revamping our Cooking and Caring Program to ensure families are supported during this crisis.

Do you need help with grocery pick-up and delivery?

Are you in need of food or meals at this time?

Are there other ways Kids Cancer Care volunteers can help?

Please reach out to Mackenzie, our nursing manager, and she will set you up with a volunteer who is trained and committed to supporting you during this time.


Pizza Night

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

Currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. 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 email Mackenzie Murawsky

'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