Spring 2015
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OPACC and the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation are teaming up again on Sunday, October 4th 2015 at Playdium in Mississauga for the 2015 Toronto Inside Ride. Get ready to raise the roof as we raise awareness and support for kids and teens with cancer in your local community!

Now is the time to start thinking about putting together your teams for this fun event - watch your emails and follow us on social media for more information coming soon!

This April marked OPACC’s 20th anniversary of helping families of children with cancer in Ontario! If you have any testimonials that you would like to share about how OPACC has helped your family at any point over our 20 year history, please feel free to share them with us via email and we will publish them on our “Testimonials” page

Hospital Parking Survey

OPACC has participated in a couple of roundtable discussions with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and other community organizations about the issue of reducing hospital parking rates. As part of the consultation process, the Ministry had a number of questions around this issue that we have replicated in a short, 7-question survey and would love to get feedback from our members on to share with the Ministry so that OPACC's members' voices are heard!

Drop-in themes survey

OPACC is considering offering special guest speakers and/or themed topics of discussion on a monthly basis at our Sick Kids Tuesday evening drop-ins. We would like to know what topics our members think would be of interest to them in the quick survey below.

Thanks to those who attended our Parent Facilitator training session in Toronto on March 28th! We hope to see more community-based parent support groups as a result of this session and to offer more training opportunities in the near future!

Annual General Meeting

This year's AGM is taking place at Sick Kids (Room 8102) on Saturday, June 13th from 12:30-2 p.m. Learn how OPACC is making a difference - we welcome your feedback and suggestions! We are featuring a special guest speaker presenting on Post Traumatic Stress in Parents of Children with Cancer at 1 p.m. We are also introducing a new feature to listen to the presentation via GoToMeeting.
We are sorry to report that The Little Grape That Could program has ended and the wine has now sold out from all LCBO locations. Thanks to all who supported OPACC through this program over the years by directing their Little Grape donations to us!
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 Bayer Inc. for their $5,000 donation in support of OPACC's Parent and Family Support services!

To the Reza family for their kind and generous gesture of collecting change totaling $16.40 in a small vitamin bottle and donating it to our Parent Liaisons in gratitude for what they provide at the hospital coffee hours - and for proving that fundraising doesn't have to be large or difficult and every dollar counts!

To Spyders Inc. Information Security Advisors for their donation of toys which our Parent Liaisons were happy to distribute at our drop-ins!

To the Fairbrother family, the Bantam Simcoe County Kings hockey team, and Marie Kean of Sgt. Peppers Pub & Grill in Stouffville for their collective donation of gift cards!

To The Little Grape That Could for partnering with us and for their final cheque of $98.35!

To Heather and Murray Humphrys for donating bottles of bubbles and wands for our Parent Liaisons to give out to kids!

To Caley Ash from Make-A-Wish Canada who brought in cupcakes to our Monday morning drop-in, in celebration of World Wish Day in April! Our Parent Liaisons have more information on Make-A-Wish available for those who are interested in learning more.

To Sarah Mueller at The Design Truth for donating her graphic design services, including our new 20th anniversary logos!

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!

Pictured here are Lara (Manager) and Ryan (Assistant Manager) at the Starbucks at Sick Kids with a thank you card from our Parent Liaisons and families letting them know just how appreciated they are!

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

During the summer months, Million Dollar Smiles (MDS) builds FREE playgrounds in the backyards of selected children who are navigating life-threatening illnesses and medical adversity in their everyday lives. MDS currently has spots available for this summer’s playground builds and is now looking for families!
More info. here:

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! More info. here:

The Children’s Cancer Recovery Project would like to invite you and your family as our guest to attend this year’s Teddy Bear Fair for FREE! If you are interested, please register with OPACC for your complimentary tickets.
More info. here:

The Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada has a number of children's programs to help children with cancer, including the Camp Scholarships Program, the BEAR-Able Gift Program, and the Helping Hands Fund

FREE Sibling Appreciation Day at Sick Kids on June 6th

FREE Kids Being Kids Day at C.J. Skateboard Park & School (Etobicoke) on June 6th

"Two Mothers One Prayer" book launch on June 7th (St. Catharines); free for parents of children with cancer to attend as special guests
FREE educational day "Someday is Today" from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
Couponing and money saving tips

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

FREE Childhood Cancer Resource Library
FREE download of the first-ever Atlas of Childhood Cancer in Ontario from POGO
Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative offers cancer survivors of all ages the opportunity to spend a week FREE at a donated cottage

Research project by mother of paediatric brain tumour survivor seeks other mothers for a research blog to explore their lived experiences of caregiving

Emily's House in Toronto is dedicated to caring for children with complex needs while supporting their families through all stages of a child's illness
FREE downloads of resources for Adolescents and Young Adults with cancer
Study on psychological and conjugal functioning among parents of children with cancer
Study on how parents can support their children in being more active after being treated for cancer
New support group for bereaved parents of children with cancer at Gilda's Club Toronto
Survey to help identify the impact of cancer on young adults

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING is a documentary about Ryan Green, an indie video game developer who's building a video game called “That Dragon, Cancer” about his terminally-ill son, Joel

Family Support Services

Did you know...?
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, including:
  • Information on hospital services, community-based parent support groups, events and resources from other organizations, and more!
  • Weekly drop-ins where parents have an opportunity to get support materials, sit and chat with other parents, and enjoy refreshments from Starbucks in a comfortable setting
  • One-on-one support through private visits and chats wherever parents may be in the hospital
  • Peer connections with other parents of children with cancer
  • Distribution of free items such as health record binders, tote bags, detergent pods for doing laundry at the hospital, Sharing Hope books, Courage Lions, Carla Can Sing gift packages, toys, special treats, and more (item availability varies from week to week)!
As we grow, OPACC aims to take our Parent Liaison program to other Pediatric Cancer Centres in Ontario.
Community Development

Did you know...?
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. We support the growth and development of new and existing groups, and currently have groups that we represent in areas including:
In order to establish new groups in more areas of Ontario, OPACC provides training sessions for new Parent Facilitators.

Did you know...?
Through our work in partnership with other childhood cancer organizations from across the Province and at the national level, we are making a profound difference in the lives of children affected by cancer and their families. Some of the important topics that OPACC has and continues to advocate for include:
  • E.I. legislation for benefits to Parents of Critically Ill Children
  • Reduced hospital parking rates
  • Representation for childhood cancer survivors in the Ontario Cancer Plan
  • Supporting the educational needs of children with cancer
  • ...and more!
A more complete list of our proud achievements over the years can be found on our website.

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!

Direct Donation

Donate directly and securely through CanadaHelps - every dollar counts! Here are just some examples of how far your donations can go:
  • $40 will help provide an OPACC binder for four families to keep their children's important health records
  • $30 will help provide food & refreshments for a couple of sessions of our weekly parent hospital drop-ins
  • $25 will help provide five coffee breaks for parents
  • $20 will help provide an OPACC "Sharing Hope" book to a newly diagnosed family
  • $15 will help provide a package of detergent pods for families to do their laundry while staying at the hospital
  • $10 will help treat parents to a lunch while discussing their hopes, fears, and concerns with our Parent Liaisons
  • $5 will help provide two families with an OPACC tote bag

Kaps4Kids is a fun, easy way that you can host an event at your school, workplace, organization, or group and come together to raise awareness and funds in support of OPACC and those children and families that we support!
Support OPACC by purchasing gift cards through FundScrip - perfect for gifts anytime of year!

United Way
Direct your workplace's United Way campaign contributions to OPACC!

Bank of Montreal customers: You can support us through ChangeIt by simply rounding up your purchases made with your BMO MasterCard and donating the difference to OPACC!
Third-Party Fundraising
Did you know that you can launch a third-party fundraising campaign for OPACC in just minutes through CanadaHelps? Just click this link and complete the simple steps to create a CanadaHelps Fundraising Page and you'll be ready to invite your friends and family to support us!
Our Parent Liaisons at Sick Kids welcome volunteers who would like to come out and join them at our Tuesday night drop-ins! You don't have to be a trained Facilitator to volunteer. Just come out and see what running a support group is like, meet families, and generally help out! Please contact us at if you are interested.
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