We provide strength and comfort to families, parents and children impacted by child cancer. At any given time we are supporting more than 1,700 families nationwide. Below is more information about the support we provide.
Family Support Coordinators
Family Support Coordinators are at the heart of Child Cancer Foundation and everything we do. Family Support Coordinators provide personalised support for families following a child's diagnosis and referral. They help them navigate childhood cancer and connect them with other people and services that can give additional support.
Essential Care Kits
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 to help keep families together.
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.
Keeping in Touch programme
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.
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.
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.