Summer 2015
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OPACC and the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation are teaming up again on Sunday, October 4th from Noon to 1 p.m. at Playdium Mississauga to raise awareness and support for kids and teens with cancer in our local communities - and you're invited to join us! This is a fun, family-friendly event where 100% of the funds raised will flow through to OPACC to continue our work of supporting families of kids with cancer throughout Ontario!

There are many ways to help: Register or join a team! Volunteer! Local businesses can sponsor or support the event directly and get great benefits in return!

Please click the "Learn More" button for our website with all the information you will need about this year's event - including FAQs, pictures & videos of last year's event, sponsorship information, and more! To maximize the amount of time that you have for fundraising, we encourage you to register your teams as soon as possible. Thank you - we couldn't do this without your support!
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If you haven't been on our website in a while, take a look! We have a new look for our website that we hope will be more user-friendly. It has better organized sub-pages and finding information will be easier! There is also now a new "News" page where you can find archived news of interest to the childhood cancer community, searchable by tagged keywords. We hope you find it a useful resource and are open to hearing your feedback and suggestions to improving it even more!

We have fewer than 20 copies left of our "Sharing Hope" book available for purchase online at a cost of $25 - your purchase of this book helps OPACC provide free supports to our families!

We also have "Heroes Coming Through" t-shirts available for purchase as well.


Many thanks to those who attended or called in for Tina Smith's excellent and informative presentation on "Post Traumatic Stress in Parents of Children with Cancer" at our Annual General Meeting on June 13th. For those who were not able to attend, you can view Tina's presentation on YouTube by clicking the button below. If you would like a PDF copy of the presentation and accompanying handout, please email us at

Remember to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest breaking news and announcements in between receiving our quarterly newsletters!
To Nestle Waters Canada for their sponsorship of bottled waters for our upcoming Inside Ride charity event!

If you are a business that would like to sponsor or support our event directly and be featured on our newsletter, social media pages, website, and more, please visit our event Sponsors page for more details!

To the F.K. Morrow Foundation for their $2,500 donation in support of OPACC's Parent and Family Support services!

To Fallsview Casino Resort/Niagara Casinos for their $100 donation to OPACC in appreciation for the volunteer efforts of their employee (and OPACC parent) Emily H. to OPACC's Hamilton support group. Through The Sunshine Project, Niagara Casinos donates to their employees' charities of choice whom they have volunteered for. And thanks Emily for making this connection!

To all who donated as part of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge campaign in June! Thanks to you we received $275 to help fund our programs and services!

To Pegah S., a mom who donated a selection of toys in June to our Parent Liaisions to distribute at our Tuesday night drop-ins!

To Georgina and Mike and all the guys from Anchor Shoring for supporting your head-shaving endeavour that supports OPACC and our parents with the generous purchase of gift cards. Georgina and Mike visited our drop-in at Sick Kids in June to personally deliver the gift cards to our Parent Liaisons. The gift cards will be included in our packages for new families!

Thanks also to Marie from Sgt. Peppers Pub & Grill in Stouffville for hosting this third party fundraiser and to Candice Fairbrother for making this connection!

To Mr. Nelson Picard for his presentation on "The Mindful Parent" at Sick Kids in June!

Given the positive response to this presentation, OPACC is considering running special Parent Information Sessions for families from time to time on Thursdays (during the day) at Sick Kids. If you are a parent who has experience or expertise in a particular field that you feel would be helpful to fellow parents, and you would like to volunteer to share your knowledge at these special sessions through a presentation (1 hour max), please email us at!
To Dr. Robert Tracogna, dentist and Childhood Cancer Champion who has been riding for many years for the cause. He will once again be raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer by cycling with the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride across Canada this September. Let's help support him by contributing stories, pictures, and, whenever possible, making a donation directly to his ride efforts! He needs your stories and pictures to inspire him through the most challenging days of the ride. If you have a story or picture of your amazing family that you would like to share, please forward it to us at and we will make sure he receives them!

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!

OPACC is collecting registrations on behalf of the Million Dollar Smiles 2015 Bearhug Program. The Bearhug Program distributes FREE 4′ tall teddy bears and $100 Toys R Us gift cards around the Christmas holidays!

Camp Oochigeas and POGO present the 3rd Life After Childhood Cancer Survivor Conference, a gathering for survivors of childhood cancer aged 19 and over, taking place in Muskoka from October 16th-18th

Read about one family's experience with the CRA and their young son's disability savings plan, and let us know if you have experienced a similar issue.

Go Gold Canada has a childhood cancer awareness event at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on September 13th

The Jester & Pharley Phund has kindly extended a special offer for OPACC families to purchase their award-winning inspirational children's book "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" for the special discounted price of $10 USD

The Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada has launched a Transportation Funding program to help cover the cost of transportation and parking for families battling cancer.
A new study aims to identify the key research topics in cancer care for caregivers, researchers, and clinicians, and to develop a research plan to guide future research. Participants who complete all three study surveys will be entered into a draw to win a mini iPad.
FREE Childhood Cancer Resource Library

The SuperSibs program has a variety of helpful, FREE online resources for parents and siblings of children with cancer

FREE downloads of resources for Adolescents and Young Adults with cancer
  • 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: Check our website's History page for some of the important topics that OPACC has and continues to advocate for through our work in partnership with other childhood cancer organizations from across the Province and at the national level.

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!

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