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Family resources

b.r.a.i.n.child McMaster (Hamilton)
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wellwood Cancer Support Centre, 501 Sanatorium Road, Hamilton.  For more information or to join the chapter, please contact Cindy van Haldreen at 905-521-2100 ext. 73596

b.r.a.i.n.child Maritimes
Details on b.r.a.i.n.child Maritimes will be posted at a future date.

Financial Assistance

Government of Canada
The federal government offers several programs that include Financial Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities and the Registered Disability Savings Plan.  Call 1-800-622-6232 or visit http://www.disabilitysavings.gc.ca

Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
POGO works to ensure that all of Ontario's children with cancer have equal access to state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and required ancillary services. POGO also offers a limited amount of financial assistance for families travelling out of of town for medical care. www.pogo.ca

Information and Support Centres 

A support group for parents of children with cancer living in Simcoe County.  Monthly are held monthly. Visit http://www.opacc.org/news/?p=1105 or contact albarbjohnson@sympatico.ca   

Childhood Cancer Canada
Providing information, resources, and support to families, children and teens living with cancer. Call 1-800-363-1062 or 416-489-6440 or visit www.childhoodcancer.ca

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
Dedicated to reaching every Canadian affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information and research.  BrainWAVE is a support program for families with a child with a brain tumour. www.braintumour.ca

Chai Lifeline Canada
Free programs and services to help every member of the family. www.chailifelinecanada.org

Starlight Children's Foundation
Offers outpatient, hospital-based and web offerings that provide ongoing support for children and families from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment. www.starlight.org

To honour, support and recognize brothers and sisters of children with cancer. For children between the ages of 4-18 with a sibling who has been diagnosed with cancer. www.supersibs.org

Songs of Love 
A non-profit organization that will write and record a song personally for a seriously ill child.  Free service, sponsored by donations.  This will make your child smile. www.songsoflove.org

Wish Organizations

The Children's Wish Foundation
Grants wishes to children coping with a high risk, life threatening illness. Call 1-800-267-9374 or 905-426-5656 or visit www.childrenswish.ca or www.revesdenfants.ca

Make-A-Wish Canada
Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Call 1-888-822-9474 or visit www.makeawish.ca

Sunshine Foundation
Makes dreams come true for children between their 3rd - 18th birthday who are challenged by severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. Visit www.sunshine.ca.