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Spring 2016
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OPACC NEWS
The 2016 Toronto Inside Ride, OPACC's biggest fundraising event of the year, took place at Playdium Mississauga on June 4th. Click below to read about how the event went, see photos and video, and find out how you can still help! For those who couldn't attend, please fill out the survey to help us with future planning. Thank you!
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OPACC Peel: New parent support group in Brampton serving families in all of Peel Region!

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OPACC families are invited to attend this year's Teddy Bear Fair - register through OPACC to get your free admission!

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Be sure to check out our list of "Helpful Links" and resources available for childhood cancer families - called by one parent "the most comprehensive list of helpful links that I have seen."

OPACC continually seeks to update our ongoing list of community cancer support resources throughout Ontario, but we need your help! What cancer support resources do you know of that exist in YOUR local community? Please contact us via the contact form at the bottom of the "Helpful Links" page (click button below) and let us know!

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Join us at our Annual General Meeting on June 18th, featuring a special guest speaker!

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This June, every donation you make to OPACC increases our chances of winning $10,000!

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OPACC was proud to be a part of the event at Queen's Park on May 5th where Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker motioned to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Ontario and to recognize the gold ribbon as the awareness symbol of childhood cancer. The motion received unanimous support and we hope it will encourage all Ontarians to be more aware of childhood cancer and thus lead to more fundraising, support, and research!

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OPACC's Parent Liaison, Susan, is part of a team at SickKids that is working to develop a new tool to help children with cancer with symptom management. Part of this project involves developing a website that kids will like to and want to use. The team is interested in knowing what current websites your children like and don't like, so that they can make theirs the best it can be! They have created a quick survey (link below) with hopes that you can ask your children to fill it out or complete it with them. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated - thank you!

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THANK YOU



To all the amazing parents who attended our Parent Facilitator Training session at SickKids on April 16th! We were excited to educate and empower such dedicated and dynamic individuals to support existing childhood cancer parent support groups or start their own groups soon!


 







To Dean Robev, Store Manager at Sobeys Todmorden (1015 Broadview Avenue, East York) for his ongoing commitment to providing donations of healthy snack options for our SickKids drop-ins!

And many thanks also to our volunteer Anna T. for making this happen!





To Starbucks Canada for their continuing support of OPACC by donating coffee, tea, and treats to our drop-ins, meetings and workshops, and community support groups!

To Sarah Mueller at The Design Truth for donating her graphic design services!



To Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation for allowing us the continued use of their teleconference number for our meetings!
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

SickKids will be implementing the new hospital parking policy by October 1st and are currently seeking feedback from patients and families. Read more here.

During the summer months, our partner Million Dollar Smiles (MDS) builds playgrounds in the backyards of selected children who are navigating life-threatening illnesses and medical adversity in their everyday lives. Learn more here.

Study seeks participants! "Parental Perspectives on Effective IPC Practices for Students with Chronic Healthcare Needs in Ontario, Canada." This study aims to examine the effectiveness of collaboration and communication between all professionals involved in the child’s health and education. Your participation will contribute to the existing body of knowledge about Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) practices in Ontario and the roles that parents play in coordinating care for children with chronic medical conditions. Learn more here.

Study seeks participants! Research study questionnaire for neuroblastoma families to help guide new research and therapeutic interventions. Learn more here.

Study seeks participants! Survey on cancer survivorship research to help develop a research strategy for cancer survivorship in Canada. Learn more here.

Study seeks participants! Research study from the University of New Brunswick examining the dynamics of romantic relationships between childhood cancer survivors and their partners. Aim is to help provide psychosocial healthcare to childhood cancer survivors to prepare them for the developmental milestones ahead of them in adulthood. Learn more here and here.

The SuperSibs program has a variety of helpful, FREE online resources for parents and siblings of children with cancer
FREE online Childhood Cancer Resource Library
HOW OPACC HELPS YOU
  • Family Support Services: Our Parent Liaison program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto offers families of children with cancer a wealth of FREE information and resources!
     
  • Community Development: OPACC works in collaboration with others across Ontario to build a network of community-based Parent Support Groups to ensure that families are supported both in hospital as well as back in their local communities. OPACC also provides training sessions for new Parent Facilitators.
     
  • Advocacy: Through our work in partnership with other childhood cancer organizations from across the Province and at the national level, OPACC has and continues to advocate for topics important to the childhood cancer community, including: EI legislation, reduced hospital parking rates, representation for childhood cancer survivors, supporting the educational needs of children with cancer, and more!
HOW YOU CAN HELP OPACC

OPACC is an independent registered charity; while we often partner with other organizations to provide services to our families, our programs are managed separately. OPACC receives no government funding and all funding for the development of our programs, services and special events (which are provided at no cost to our families) comes from the donations of generous organizations, businesses, foundations, and individuals. Below, please find some ways that you can give back to help us continue helping our families!

Donate through CanadaHelps!
Order gift cards through FundScrip!
Get your school involved in a fun & easy Kaps4Kids awareness & fundraising event!
Shop for OPACC merchandise!
Direct your United Way workplace donations to OPACC!
BMO Customers: Round up your Mastercard purchases and donate the difference to OPACC!
Volunteer!
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