We all know how hard it is to have a new diagnosis of childhood cancer or the possibility of this diagnosis. Here are some of the wonderful organisations that are also out there to offer assistance at this terrible time.
Some useful links for families joining our journey:
- Kids Cancer Project
Kids Cancer Project support childhood cancer research, raise awareness and provide support to families. Their page has many useful links including current research, fundraisers and events.
- Starlight Foundation
Starlight delivers a range of community and in hospital programs designed to make children happy and lift their spirits when they need it most.Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.
A charity whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
- Little Heroes Foundation
A South Australian charity which aims to fund urgently needed medical facilities and treatment equipment, and ‘Life After Diagnosis’ child and family support programs relative to childhood cancer and serious illness.
- Leukaemia Foundation
A national support organisation who are dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemia’s, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. They provide long term accommodation and personalised, practical and financial support.
A national support organisation for 12-24 year olds who are living with cancer themselves, or who have a family member with cancer, helping them cope with the physical, emotional and practical impact it has.
- Camp Quality
Camp Quality’s purpose is to create a better life for every child (0-13 years) living with cancer in Australia. They provide recreational and educational support through national programs that build resilience and optimistic behaviours for children.
A support organisation which provides financial assistance and counselling services for children (0-24 years) and their families throughout their cancer journey.
- Childhood Cancer Support
Provides long term accommodation for families that have to be relocated to Brisbane for their child’s cancer treatment, some transport services and numerous activities for all oncology children.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities
Provide a range of support for seriously ill children and their families.
- Cancer Council
Provides a range of patient support facilities.
Provides help and education for families who children are affected with brain tumours.
- Hannah’s Chance Foundation
Hannah’s Chance Foundation is the passionate voice in the fight against sarcoma.
- Look Good Feel Better
Facing cancer with confidence. Workshops to help boost the confidence and wellbeing of men, women and teens while undergoing cancer treatment.
- Project Declan
A childhood cancer charity set up in memory of Declan Hegarty
- Bloomhill Cancer Help
Offers emotional support of any one going through the crisis of being diagnosed with cancer
The St Jude Cancer Education for Children Program is an educational outreach initiative of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It helps school children, their parents and teachers understand the basic science and treatment of cancer.
Great support information for respective age groups for siblings.
- Carers Australia
Aims to provide improved health, wellbeing, resilience and financial security of the carer.
- Hummingbird House
Currently under construction Hummingbird House will be Queensland’s only children’s hospice. Similar to Bear Cottage in NSW they will provide the accommodation and facilities to allow children quality time away from hospital while still having medical needs met if required.
- Star Bear and Star Bound
A grief support program for children who have lost a parent, sibling or carer.
- Grief Link
Information resource on death and related grief for the community and professionals.
- Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Provides a range of education, counselling, research and clinical services for those working in and affected by experiences of grief and bereavement.
- Good Grief
Provide programs for children, young people and adults challenged by loss and change.
- Kids Help Line – 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline provides a free, private and confidential counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
Lifeline provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.
- Assessment & Crisis Intervention Service – 131 465
For individuals who are in crisis due to a mental illness and require urgent intervention.
- Breaking Down The Barriers
Adopt rural families to assist and support them through difficult times while caring for a loved one in a city hospital.
- The Indie Rose Foundation
Aims to ease the financial burden on Far North QLD families with children who are suffering from a medical condition that requires specialised medical treatment away from their homes