How we help Families

We are able to pass on the donations that we receive to the families.

With over $4million provided to family financial assistance alone, and with the way we are structured and the fact we conduct continuous lotteries, we are proud to say that our promise to our supporters is that all direct donations made to Kids with Cancer Foundation will be passed on, mostly as a financial lifeline to the families.

External fundraising sites sometimes take small fees to manage donations received, but then it comes to the Foundation and we pass that on 100%. There is no fee nor any Admin costs when you donate on this site.

During COVID-19, we have had the pleasure to be able to deliver “Care Packs” to the families and kids of the Oncology Unit waiting rooms at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children’s Randwick, QLD Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s and RCH in Victoria. The emphasis of these “Care Packs” is to provide snacks for the youngest of patients, parents and siblings during lengthy wait times for the kids receiving tests, treatments and specialist appointments.

Letters from the Parents

“Dear Staff at Kids with Cancer, Just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your wonderful box of treats that was given to us at our clinic appointment yesterday.

When we are not having a ‘hospital sleep over’ we attend clinic appointments weekly, sometimes more than once a week and these can be long and daunting especially for a 4 year old”


“Our son was ecstatic when he was given his box of goodies and it kept him entertained for the 3 hours that we were waiting”


“I would like to thank you for your continuous support and contributions to families in similar situations your hard work and generosity does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated.”


“After twenty hours in the ED we were finally admitted up to the ward at 9pm last night. Our little man who is going through chemo for LCH (3yrs) got a nasty viral infection.

This morning bedraggled and hungry I stumbled into the parents lounge and found your box. I nearly cried! Good coffee! snacks! And a bit of fun for Mr 3″

Thank you again.

Jacqui

 

Parents

We have funded the Sydney Children’s 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.

Home Help

Often when a household is split due to a young child spending what can be months in hospital, and one parent is at the child’s side the other parent is at home caring sometimes for siblings and can become overwhelmed with household chores and duties. The not-for-profit charity ‘Gather my Crew’ can assist. Their free help roster makes it easier to coordinate help from family and friends. See more information at https://www.gathermycrew.org.au/childhood_cancer/

Grandparents

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.

Bereavement

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.

Financial Assistance

The financial assistance lifeline that we provide 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.

Respite

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.

Families can make a wish, the 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.