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Garron Family Cancer Centre


Childhood Cancer/Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Event - September 24, 2015



On Thursday, September 24, 2015 the Division of Haematology/Oncology and the Garron Family Cancer Centre hosted the annual Childhood Cancer Awareness & Sickle Cell Disease Awareness month event in the Garden Patio and Garden Terrace from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The target audiences for the event were patients and families; both inpatient and ambulatory. This year 14 external partners participated in the Superhero themed event each bringing an activity for patients and siblings to take part in such as making superhero capes, masks, magic wands and superhero crests.  Manulife Kids Science also participated providing an engaging science experiment where patients were able to make their own slime to bring home.  The event was promoted throughout the hospital and had a record number of participants with more than 50 patients and their families attending; which was an increase from 30 patients last year.  This year volunteers attended dressed as Superheroes and Disney Princesses to participate in a photo booth for the kids. It was a highlight for many patients who attended! Families commented that it was an opportunity for a break from the inpatient unit and to participate in interactive activities between appointments.   Parents were also able to receive valuable information from partner organizations. 

Thank you to our partners who attended the event: 

  •  Gilda's Club
  • Camp Trillium 
  • Young Carers
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
  • Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation 
  • POGO
  • Camp Ooch
  • Sickle Cell Association of Ontario
  • Camp Jumoke
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Centre for Global Child Health
  • Manulife Kids Science
  • Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer