Please note that this list is not exhaustive. For more resources please contact the West Island Cancer Wellness Center (514) 695-9355.
Resources for children who have cancer:
- Childhood cancer Canada https://www.childhoodcancer.ca/Our-Support/Programs
- Childhood Cancer Canada sends emPower Packs to every family in Canada whose child is newly diagnosed with cancer. These emPower Packs provide families with information and inspiration to cope with what comes next.
- EmPower Packs include: a comfort blanket, tablet, ear phones, decorated hope chest, books and a backpack.
- Starlight Foundation: starlightquebec.org
- Starlight Great Escapes: Starlight Great Escapes are an “all inclusive” affair for the families, allowing them to relax and enjoy themselves while someone else worries about the details.
- Starlight Wishes: Starlight Wishes provide a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience to children between the ages of 4 to 18 years who are seriously ill.
- The Lighthouse: http://www.phare-lighthouse.com/en
- They offer in-home respite services and out of home respite services at the Maison André-Gratton. They also offer psychosocial services and workshops.
- For more information or to apply for their services, please contact a liaison nurse at 514 787-8801.
- Leucan: https://www.leucan.qc.ca/en/
- Leucan offers financial assistance to families and various in hospital programs including emotional assistance and support, socio-recreational activities, support services in playrooms and massage therapy.
Resources for the family members of the child who has cancer
- A little APP/BOOK about cancer: https://wicwc.com/a-little-book-about-cancer/
- A Little Book About Cancer is designed to help children who are experiencing cancer – through a parent, grandparent or other family member – deal with the hard times. Cancer can be confusing and scary for children. This workbook is a tool adult’s can use to open dialogue about the difficult topics of cancer in an interactive and creative way.
- Childhood cancer Canada: childhoodcancer.ca/support
- Siblings of a child who has cancer can receive an emPower pack which provides the support and resources essential to reducing incidences of anxiety, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder— all of which are commonly associated with siblings of children with cancer.
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand: https://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/supersibs-sibling-support-childhood-cancer-families/supersib-materials
- This organization has material for SuperSibs. They have many booklets for siblings of children who cancer. Their playbooks are created in accordance to age group.
- They also have material for parents to help support their children who do not have cancer. These include information about siblings and school, maintaining relationships between siblings and a tool kit for parents to better support their child who does not have cancer.
- Booklet for parents about childhood cancer:
- https://cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/resources/publications/when-your-child-has-cancerInformation on childhood cancer, on talking to your child about cancer, on helping your child cope with test and procedures, information on pain and managing side effects, and information on staying at the hospital and school.