Child Cancer Foundation provides strength and comfort to families, parents and children impacted by child cancer.
We give personalised support to each family through a one-to-one connection – someone who can help guide them every step of the way now, and in the future.
We help with the big things like emotional, social and practical support. But also the little things they have probably never even thought about.
Every family is different and so is the support they receive. These are just some of the ways we help:
Family Support Coordinators
Our Family Support Coordinators are there for families from the day of their child’s cancer diagnosis. We have 18 dedicated Family Support Coordinators nationwide, helping families across both islands and coasts. Many families will be supported by two coordinators – one at the treatment centre and one in their community – who work closely together to ensure the needs of the family are met no matter where they are based.
Essential Care Kit
Our essential care kits includes little things that will have been forgotten in the rush to hospital and practical items to help during their stay and when they return home. Basics like toothbrushes and shampoo; a comforting blanket, pillow and books; details of the support Child Cancer Foundation provides, our Beads of Courage® programme; along with hospital maps and fact-sheets, all packaged into a roller bag.
Over 70% of the families Child Cancer Foundation supports have to travel outside their community to receive treatment. Even for families who live near to the hospital, the cost of petrol and parking from hundreds of trips quickly adds up! We assist with travel costs and help keep families together.
Keeping in Touch
The Keeping in Touch programme, aims to reduce isolation, educate and provide an escape and distraction for children and parents. Tablets pre-loaded with Skype, boredom-busting and education apps, are loaned to children undergoing cancer treatment in Auckland and Christchurch hospitals, helping them stay connected with their family and friends back home, supporting education and keeping them entertained.
We offer help by assisting with groceries, heating and electricity costs as well as other basic living needs that families may struggle to meet during such a difficult time.
Support in the Community
We coordinate local parent support groups and provide camps for families and siblings of children with cancer, allowing them to connect, communicate and find strength from shared experiences. Our 22 voluntary branches comprised of parents, caregivers, and volunteers nationwide host regular social activities, offering mutual support and shared experiences.