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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Parent Workshop: Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Saturday, September 22nd, 10 am to 12 pm at Kids Cancer Care Office
Parents, childcare available onsite while parents attend.

Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

Guest speaker, Dr. Melanie Khu, psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in the Hematology, Oncology, and BMT program, will provide a talk followed by a Q & A on anxiety in children and adolescents. Dr. Khu will cover anxiety in the general population and specific to the pediatric cancer/hematology experience (including anxiety about medical procedures), normal anxiety versus anxiety disorders, evidence-based treatments, and strategies for parents on how to manage their child’s problematic anxiety.

Please note: Parental anxiety will be briefly touched upon, but the focus of the talk will be on children and adolescents. Kids Cancer Care is working on a future workshop to address parental anxiety specifically.

Please RSVP to Kelly Kerr.


About Dr. Melanie Khu

Dr. Melanie Khu (Ph.D., R.Psych.) is a psychologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH) in the Hematology, Oncology, and BMT program.  Dr. Khu also works with patients admitted to the ACH pediatric inpatient units. Dr. Khu completed her doctoral training through the University of Calgary’s Clinical Psychology program. She completed her pre-doctoral residency at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS, and completed post-doctoral training at the ACH. Dr. Khu specializes in psychosocial adjustment to chronic and life-threatening illnesses, providing inpatient psychology pediatric consultation and liaison to medical teams, and assessment and treatment of internalizing disorders, including anxiety, depression, and trauma.


Time to Remember

Friday, September 28, 2018
Bridgeland 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. All are welcome.

Register HERE by September 21st, 2018.

Bereaved families, please email Winter with a few photos and/or short video of your child that we can add to the slideshow. Photo/video submission deadline is Monday, September 17th 2018.


Halloween Howler

Saturday, October 13, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Familes with kids ages three to 12

Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and join in on the fun—a magic show, bouncy castle, cookie decorating, crafts, snacks, pumpkin carving or painting, and more. You don’t want to miss it!

Please bring a pumpkin to carve (please let Winter know if you are not able to bring one and she will have one ready for you).

Things to note:

  • This is a family event, but if you are not able to attend with your child, please let me know and I will have a buddy volunteer ready to take them to all the stations
  • Activities and the magic show are best suited for kids 3 to 12, but you are welcome to bring along infants and toddlers and join in on the fun.

Register HERE.


ONGOING PROGRAMS

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.

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 the Gold level raise funds and awareness to undertake meaningful community development work including a build project for a low income community or family.

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

 


 

RBC is a proud supporter of the Teen Leadership Program


PEER

NEW physical activity programs for kids on and off treatment

3 sessions every Wednesday evening based on child's age

Please see details below on each session and age group.

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. 

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 Engaging 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

We are excited to offer this physical activity program for our youngest kids between the ages of two and five. The sooner we are able to engage children in physical activity after diagnosis, the sooner they will begin their recovery.

PEER activities for pre-school children are designed to get little ones moving to help them regain their confidence, rebuild their gross motor development and their physical literacy. Your little ones will be singing and playing games while gaining confidence and improving basics movement skills such as running, jumping, kicking, skipping, throwing, catching, stretching and balancing. All kids affected by cancer (both on or off treatment), and siblings are welcome. Inclusion is our motto.

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

Our PEER curriculum for kids in school was inspired from the Health and Physical Education Ontario Curriculum and the Long Term Athletic Developmental Model. At PEER for School Kids, participants develop fundamental movement skills in a fun and safe environments for play. The focus is on providing, inclusive, multi-sport and developmentally appropriate sport and physical activity for kids affected by cancer on and off treatment. Participants will develop skills in a wide range of movement, while building the confidence and desire they need to participate in activities outside PEER.  

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  


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