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.

 

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Time to Remember

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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. Enjoy coffee and snacks, while visiting with other families and making a special craft. The evening also features a slideshow honouring the children we’ve lost, followed by a lantern walk through Ryley Park. All are welcome. Check back beginning of September to register.  

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS


Teen Leadership Program

August to June Calgary
Grades 10 to 12

The Kids Cancer Care Teen Leadership Program (TLP) 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 enjoy 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. TLP culminates in a 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 Whitney Ogle or call her at 403 984 6209.

 


PEER

NEW physical activity programs for kids on and off treatment

3 sessions every Wednesday evening based on child's age

Physical activity is a safe and essential part of any child’s healthy development and this is equally true for children affected by cancer. Research shows that physical activity can be safely practiced during acute phases of treatment, even in immune-compromised children and those undergoing difficult treatments. Physical activity is medicine and can improve the quality of life for children with cancer by reducing the negative side effects associated with cancer and its treatments. 

Please see details below on each session and age group.

The right prescription for physical activity can help your child develop strength, endurance, energy, coordination and flexibility, helping them to be more social, happy and improve academic achievement. Our PEER program (Pediatric Oncology Patients Engaginy in Exercise for Recovery) was designed with this in mind. 

PEER is a research-based exercise program designed by pediatric cancer specialists from the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital to help parents and health care professionals to use exercise to help ease the long-term impact of cancer and its treatments on children. Specialized exercise programs are designed for each age group. 

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


PEER for Preschool Kids

Wednesdays 5:00 to 5:50 PM
Ages 2 to 5

The age-appropriate activities in this PEER program are designed to improve recovery and enhance quality of life for pre-school children affected by pediatric cancer, including those currently on and off treatment and siblings. 

For more information or to register call Carolina Chamorro Vina at 403 984 1218 or 

CLICK HERE 


PEER for School Kids

Wednesdays 6:00 to 6:50 PM
Ages 6 to 10 or 11

The age-appropriate activities in this PEER program are designed to improve recovery and enhance quality of life for school children ages 6 to 10, who are affected by pediatric cancer, including those  on and off treatment and siblings. 

For more information or to register call Carolina Chamorro Vina at 403 984 1218 or

 CLICK HERE


PEER for Teens

Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Ages 11 to 18

 
PEER for teens is a weekly exercise program designed to help teens rebuild fundamental physical skills, while restoring immune system, energy levels and confidence, by engaging in fun activities with fellow teens. From rock climbing and sports to knowing your way around a gym, these classes are designed to give teens affected by cancer the confidence they need to be active regardless of their abilities or limitations.
 

For more information or to register call Carolina Chamorro Vina at 403 984 1218 or

CLICK HERE  


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 and in Crowfoot for 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

Wednesday Evenings at 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 email Kelly Raymond or call her at 403 984 1220.

'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