Calgary girl shaves head in solidarity for brother with cancer

On Friday, April 21, 2017 nine-year-old Sofia Smith shaved her head in an ultimate gesture of love and solidarity for her 14-year-old brother Rand Smith, who was diagnosed with cancer in January 2017 and is currently undergoing treatment. Sofia was one of 69 other students from Elboya School who shaved their heads to raise funds for Kids Cancer Care. 
 
Sofia first experienced cancer in the family at the age of four, when she lost her mother Tatiana Smith to the disease. She was determined to fight back in the only way she could, by giving up her precious locks to show her love and support for her brother. 
 
Funds raised through shave events enable Kids Cancer Care to offer essential programs at no cost to children and families, including 1. Research and Hospital; 2. Camp and Outreach; and 3. Education Support and Scholarship programs designed to save and improve the lives of children affected by cancer and their families. Sofia's original goal was $500. She has currently raised over $21,500.
 
 

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Photography by Brangwyn Jones


Sporting Life 10k

The 2017 Calgary Sporting Life 10K run on Saturday, June 17, 2017 begins at 8:00 am in the city’s southwest quadrant and will run downtown via Bow Trail and 9th Avenue before finishing at Olympic Plaza for the post-race festivities. The run features two streams: one for serious runners striving to break personal bests and a second stream for less ambitious runners and families. The $65 registration fee, which includes a $25 gift card to Sporting Life, goes up to $75 on May 1st.

The Sporting Life 10K national series has raised more than $15 million since 2003 to help children and their families with cancer. Funds raised through the 2017 Calgary Sporting Life 10K will go toward Kids Cancer Care’s programs and services for children and families battling childhood cancer.

For more information about The Sporting Life 10K, click here.


Teen Leadership Program Service Trip

The Kids Cancer Care Teen Leadership Program is for teens in grades 10 to 12 who have been affected by childhood cancer and certain hematological disorders. Patients, survivors, siblings and bereaved siblings get opportunities to develop as leaders through self-reflection, peer support, skill building, volunteerism and a service trip.

The Teen Leadership Program's Alberta Home Build took place in Lacombe, Alberta from Sunday, March 26 to Saturday, April 1, 2017.


Give More Birthdays

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 11:00 AM

It was a very special day at Crave Cookies and Cupcake's in Kensington when five Calgary kids and four adults gathered to launch a new community fundraising initiative for Kids Cancer Care on International Childhood Cancer Day. The new initiative, called Give More Birthdays, formalizes what is already a trend among some children to ask for charitable donations in lieu of birthday gifts.

Kids Cancer Care encourages people of all ages to support children with cancer by registering a birthday fundraiser online at kidscancercare.ab.ca. As a sponsor of the Give More Birthdays initiative, Crave Cookies and Cupcakes has generously offered to give a free cupcake to every individual who registers a birthday with Kids Cancer Care.

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Research reveals therapeutic value of digital storytelling

Thursday, September 22, 2016

On Thursday, September 22, 2016 University of Calgary nursing professor and researcher Dr. Catherine Laing announced findings from a research study on digital storytelling, which revealed that all participants (16 cancer patients or survivors between the ages five to 32) who took part in the study experienced unexpected therapeutic value as a result of creating and narrating a digital story about their cancer experience. Eleven health care professionals, who later watched the digital stories, similarly reported that viewing the videos helped to deepen their understanding of the experience. The study also revealed that participants were struggling with mental health issues related to their cancer experience, many years later. The study could have major implications for long-term follow-up of pediatric cancer patients, calling for a stronger focus on mental health.

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Calgary Boy Meets His Stem Cell Donor: The Texan Stranger Who Saved His Life

July 7, 2016

On Thursday, July 7, the Gracia family met the Texan stranger who saved their son Erik’s life. When Brent Lewelling was 20 years old he received the call to help a young boy, in Alberta battling acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Brent jumped at the chance and underwent surgery to have stem cells from his bone marrow harvested and donated to Erik. We’re thrilled these two families could finally connect and celebrate Brent’s incredible gift.

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Gizelle's Shave

June 25, 2016

After losing her mother to cancer at age nine and her stepmother to cancer six years later, Gizelle had good reason to shave her head for Kids Cancer Care. But this brave young woman took it to a whole new level by shaving her head for the high school prom.

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Students at Nellie McClung Honour 16-year-old Boy Taken by Brain Cancer

June 3, 2016

On Friday, June 3, students from Nellie McClung School came together in a show of solidarity and support for children with cancer at the school’s 11th Shave Your Lid for a Kid event. The students shaved in honour of Joel Zukowski, a former spokeskid for Kids Cancer Care who passed away in October 2015 from a brain tumour at the age of 16. 

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Harold Panabaker Head Shave

April 14, 2016

On Thursday, April 14, 2016 months of fundraising activity culminates in a massive shave-off at Harold Panabaker School  when 36 students, a principal and a father-and-son duo all went under the razor for kids with cancer. Twelve-year-old Ethan Rau was inspired to organize the school shave for Kids Cancer Care, when his grandpa Cliff passed away last June, after a 16-month battle with cancer. To support his son’s fundraising efforts, Andrew Rau agreed to grow a beard last July and refrain from cutting or trimming it until his son raised at least $3,000. The father-son team also agreed that Ethan could shave off his father’s hair and beard in front of the entire school if he met his fundraising goal. This amazing group raised more than $25,000!


St. Helena Junior High School: Stick it to Cancer

Monday, February 29, 2016

After two months of fundraising efforts, on Monday, February 29, students and staff from St. Helena Junior High School stuck it to cancer in a big, bad way! They played hockey, shaved their lids and duct-taped teachers to the wall all in support of their friend Alex, who's currently battling cancer. 


Raise Your Voices for Childhood Cancer

February 9, 2016

Kids Cancer Care and Childhood Cancer International invite children across Alberta to raise their voices in support of children with cancer by visiting child4child.com.

While at child4child.com, Alberta kids can record themselves singing We Are One by the internationally celebrated Canadian composer Christophe Beck. The voices of Alberta children will become part of an international chorus of children’s voices featured in Beck’s song to be released on Monday, February 15, 2016 for International Childhood Cancer Day.

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Hockey Heroes

January 18, 2016

The Northwest Calgary Athletic Association Midget AAA Flames are raising funds for Kids Cancer Care in honour of teammate Tyler Oakenfold’s best friend Joel Zukowski, who passed away from a brain cancer in October 2015 at the age of 16. Joel was an amazing young man who made an impact on everyone who knew him. He is missed by all of us. To honour Joel, the 20 players on the team have committed to raising $1,500 each for a total of $30,000—enough to send 20 children affected by cancer to camp. To help with their fundraising efforts, donate here.
 

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THE POLAR EXPRESS™

November 30, 2015

Over 100 Alberta children dressed in pajamas gathered at Aspen Crossing Railway in Mossleigh, Alberta for the inaugural Alberta ride of THE POALR EXPRESS™ to the North Pole. Aspen Crossing held the inaugural ride for Kids Cancer Care in honour of Jace Hurum, a six-year-old boy from Carstairs, who is battling crangiopharyngioma, a brain tumour of the pituitary gland.