How we help
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.
We provide strength in times of doubt, comfort in times of sadness and celebrate times of joy.
Every family is different and so is the support they receive. We have provided some examples of just some of the support families receive:
Family Support Coordinator
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.
While we stand shoulder to shoulder with every family – we also know there are times when they just need to be together to reaffirm their strength as a unit and create precious memories. Families are able to take a week out for free at our holiday homes in Taupo or Arrowtown.
Personal Development Grants
In the past year Child Cancer Foundation gave 142 Personal Development Grants to children with cancer, their siblings and parents. These Grants will be used to help them achieve their full potential, and go towards educational or developmental goals.
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.
Child Cancer Research
The Child Cancer Foundation Challenge Research fund has been supporting local child cancer research since 1999. Child Cancer Foundation also provides grants to Health Professionals to attend relevant medical conferences, receive training and further their medical education.
There are Child Cancer Foundation Family Places in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, all within walking distance of the local hospital. They provide a safe, clean environment for children on treatment. They all have fully stocked kitchens, toys, books, wifi, computers, and private space for families to meet with their Family Support Coordinator. Some also have a laundry, showers and clothing of all sizes.
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