Finding out your child has cancer turns your life upside downIt happens to more than three Kiwi families every week. None of them ever thought it would happen to their child. We support them every step of the way, helping them overcome challenges and maintain control of their lives.

The new Sharing magazine is out now In this issue, we’re focusing on resilience and adaptability – two strengths which help us deal with change and bounce back after setbacks.

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COVID-19 update for whānau

We have made some changes to our COVID-19 policy in line with the current environment in Aotearoa.

Our Family Support team is now able to visit families in their homes throughout the country, provided the family is comfortable for them to do so. Family Support Coordinators must return a negative Rapid Antigen Test prior to visiting the family.

Our Christchurch team is now able to visit CHOC (with a negative RAT) to provide support to parents whose child is an inpatient. Our Auckland team is still not allowed access to Starship, so we have reopened the Auckland Family Place as a space for families to meet with a member of our team in person by appointment.

How we help

We provide families with personalised support at every stage of their experience with childhood cancer. Hear about it first hand through these powerful stories.

Kelly’s Story

My name is Kelly, and today I want to tell you about my beautiful son Lachie… Continue Reading

Brianna’s Story

In February 2020, six-year-old Brianna Steedman’s family was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with… Continue Reading

Eli’s story

We were so excited to be able to spend a day with one of our awesome Stars, Eli… Continue Reading

Jaxon’s Story

Keri Lee shares the story of how her new-born son Jaxon’s cancer diagnosis turned their family’s… Continue Reading

Faith’s Story

“The last thing we thought was cancer or a tumour. We just went numb and burst… Continue Reading

Nicole’s Story

“We’ve got to live with it forever. In the back of our mind we are always… Continue Reading

Arian’s Story

“The most important thing Child Cancer Foundation has given us is emotional support and hope.” –… Continue Reading

Mya’s story

In the lead up to Christmas in 2019, Steve Kata and Teresa Butler were planning a… Continue Reading

Our Family Support Coordinators

Family Support Coordinators are at the heart of Child Cancer Foundation and everything we do. Continue Reading

Help us make a lasting difference

Support ground-breaking childhood cancer research.

Lucca Holecliffe was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in 2016. At the time, Lucca’s parents were told that her cancer was unlikely to respond to traditional chemotherapy and radiation. However, thanks to a ground-breaking research study jointly funded by Child Cancer Foundation, the Precision Paediatric Cancer Project, Lucca got a second chance at life. Find out more.

With your help, Child Cancer Foundation can fund more research to support the ongoing improvement of cancer treatment available to Kiwi children like Lucca.

What's New

Check out what's new and our upcoming events

The National Child Cancer Network launches two new research projects

Dr Gemma Pugh is the research lead for the National Child Cancer Network (NCCN). Gemma outlines a couple of the projects: the Margaret Lewis project and research into equity in children’s cancer care.

Helping your child navigate the return to school after cancer treatment

Here are some ideas for things you can say and do to support your child in their transition back to school and cushion the impact of any anxiety.

In appreciation of Dr Jane Skeen

We want to acknowledge the retirement of Dr Jane Skeen, a paediatric oncologist and Child Cancer Foundation Life Member who has dedicated her career to improving the conditions for children diagnosed with cancer in New Zealand and the Pacific.

10 common questions kids ask about cancer and how to answer them

When a child is diagnosed with cancer their siblings, friends and classmates can find it difficult to understand, and they often have many questions. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions.

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