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.
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.
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.
Whānau Connect Group Leads and Staff
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