“He knows he’s not athletic, so he holds back. He’s reluctant to try. But at PEER, he’s free to be himself. He can just be a kid without being different.” – Michael, Joshua’s father When Joshua watched The Greatest Showman, the tears streamed down his cheeks. His mom believes he felt a connection with the […]
Your gifts helped build an innovative research space that is pushing the bounds of laboratory design and scientific collaboration. It took leadership and a few design risks, but pediatric cancer researchers in Calgary now have a modern, open-concept collaborative research space to call home — thanks to you.
April 15 to 21st is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate and thank volunteers across Canada. This year’s theme is: “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”. Kids Cancer Care volunteers build confidence at PEER, competence through tutoring, connections at camp and a community of support at fundraising events. You are […]
Brent and Connor are driving up Knox Mountain as part of the Knox Mountain Climb, an annual event in Kelowna. Trees blur past them and the road winds. In just two minutes they have travelled 5km and climbed 800 feet. They’ve hit most of the ten turns on the route. The speed of the car picks up and they enter what racers call the 100-mile-an-hour club. It is at that moment that Connor’s whole face lights up.
Mike Arthur is battling leukemia—for the second time. Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 10, Mike had been cancer free for 16 months when he suddenly relapsed and had to begin treatment again. This time it was acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A natural leader and gifted athlete, Mike loves hockey, but the steroids and chemo are eating away his bone and muscle mass. With dangerously brittle bones, sports of any kind are off limits to Mike.
My journey with cancer began in April 2001. At first, there were very few signs that there was anything wrong with me. But one thing my mom and dad noticed was that I had trouble sitting upright in my car seat. Apparently, if the car seat wasn’t angled just right, my legs would fall asleep and I would start screaming. Mom and Dad thought this was a bit weird but they thought, “He’s two and can be a bit impossible.”