With over $3million provided just to family financial assistance alone we are proud to say that 100% of all direct donations to Kids with Cancer Foundation are passed on.
2017 was our biggest year so far, helping families with over $422K in financial assistance.
No management fees, salaries or any running costs of the Foundation are taken from our 'Gift Account', and that is our promise to cancer families and our supporters. Our cancer foundation donations are only used for families who are struggling financially, and have a child in one of our Australian children's hospitals being treated for a brain tumor, leukemia and all other childhood cancer, or directly to children's hospitals.
We fund the Sydney Childrens Hospital ‘Cascade Program’, an online program named 'Cascade' (Cope, Adapt, Survive: life after Cancer) to improve parents' quality of life after cancer treatment.
This program of research aims to assist parents sustain a good quality of life during this challenging time and to help combat the potential flow-on effects poor sleep may have on the extent to which they can remain resilient when trying to cope with difficult medical outcomes, emotional distress, driving while fatigued and meeting the ongoing demands of their life (such as caring for health siblings, or maintaining work commitments).
Cascade is delivered by a Psychologist in six weekly, 90 minute videoconferencing modules, with 3-5 parents/carers per group. The program also aims to reduce parent/carer depression and anxiety, and improve parenting competence, family functioning and child and sibling wellbeing.
The Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU) supported by Kids with Cancer Foundation, at Sydney Children’s Hospital is a team of researchers & clinicians working to find better ways for families to face childhood cancer. The Unit has developed an Information Booklet for Grandparents of children with cancer. The study therefore aimed to develop and evaluate an educational resource in the form of a printed booklet for grandparents of children with cancer and ‘A guide for Grandparents of Children with Cancer’ is the amazing result.
The right help, in the right place, at the right time: The 'Compass' program, exploring the experience and needs of parents whose child has died from cancer. This research project has the potential to improve services offered to bereaved families, ensuring that they receive optimal assistance, enabling them to rebuild their lives whilst minimising the negative consequences of bereavement.
The financial assistance available is accessed through the hospital social worker assigned to each family. The social worker will apply to us on the family's behalf and in this way the parents are relieved of the additional burden of seeking their own assistance. The family's social worker will know the family's background and current circumstances and is the best person suited to make such an application to us.
Kids with Cancer Foundation is able to help parents of cancer kids under the age of 13 with school tutoring for normal class work or music.
Many children that go through the cancer treatment journey miss out on vital schooling and when they are well enough to return to the classroom find themselves being the other children.
Speak with your asigned social worker and have them make an application on your behalf for financial assistance for your child's tutoring.
We at Kids with Cancer Foundation realise there is an enormous amount of stress placed on parents when their young child is undergoing cancer treatment. The opportunity of being able to switch off and spend a little time together to recoup is very rare, yet it is so important. Parents may need a night or two away in a comfortable city hotel, and a meal on us and maybe a movie if there's time.
Siblings are often overlooked when so much attention is given to the child in a hospital bed. A Gift Voucher for the family to a nearby Theme Park from us can help those siblings have some fun once more.
Health care professionals, social workers, family members or friends can nominate a family to take advantage of the respite that we can offer. Any nomination should come with a short explanation of the family's situation explaining how a Kids with Cancer respite voucher would benefit the family. We will need any application to access our respite vouchers to come with a recommendation from the families social worker.