The Child Cancer Foundation aims to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services that ensure children and their families are supported, informed and remain connected at every stage of their journey.
In 1978 a group of concerned parents, together with health professionals, formed a small Auckland-based committee to look at the unique needs of children with cancer and their families. The Child Cancer Foundation is now a national organisation assisting more than 500 families nationwide – offering support in hospital, at home and in the community.
Every week in New Zealand three families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer. The Child Cancer Foundation is there for each child, and their family, from that terrible time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer it can be a stressful and expensive time for the whole family. Through our work we aim to build resilience in families by offering emotional, social, financial and practical support. Our assistance aims to reduce the financial impact of cancer, strengthen the family unit and help with achieving the best possible outcome for a child with cancer.
As no two families’ cancer experiences are the same, our Family Support team offer each family personalised and meaningful assistance as well as a shoulder to lean on when times are tough. With the help of our branch members (parents and volunteers) we also offer on-going support in local communities.
As a stand-alone charity that receives no direct funding from the government, we rely on the generosity of New Zealanders to help us deliver our support to children and their families when they need it most. Our services are funded through a variety of fundraising initiatives as well as the generosity of business partners, bequests, grants, donations and sponsorships.
The Child Cancer Foundation aims to meet the needs of each individual family, helping them to stay united and resilient throughout this often turbulent time.