Helping Families Art Exhibit

We are hosting our 4th Annual Helping Families Art Exhibit, where artists and photographers have come together to raise money using their creative gifts. All of the art sales proceeds help support families who are struggling financially because their child is battling cancer.

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Our Mission

To provide financial support for families who are struggling to make ends meet because their child is battling cancer.

Our Care Program

2014 Donations In Action

Updates are done yearly as some of our cancer families receive support for several months

2013 Donations In Action

December 19, 2013
This young boy is 2 1/2 years old and was just diagnosed with cancer this month. His mom is a single mother with two children and to help out with childcare their grandma will be living with them until April 2014. Our charity has been fortunate enough to help this family by providing them $850 in grocery gift cards to help get them through the next 3-4 months.

December 10, 2013
This family’s 11 year old daughter sadly and suddenly passed away just before Christmas this year, after fighting T Cell Lymphoma cancer. She has two other siblings and the father works full-time which meant the mother took special care of her late daughter day to day. We were able to support the family financially by paying for their parking bills during this difficult time.

December 9, 2013
This cute 19 month old was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He has two older siblings and loving parents who are trying to hold everything together. Currently, both parents are working, but his mom has transitioned into a part time position in order to be able to support her son. Our charity was able to step in and financially assist the family with $350 in gift cards for groceries. We will also be taking care of their parking expenses once we receive the bills.

December 5, 2013
This 12 year old girl requires a bone marrow transplant and her family lives far from Calgary limits. Since her diagnosis the family have had to travel back and forthbetween Calgary and Edmonton for multiple appointments to help treat her illness. They are happy and hopeful that with this transplant their daughter can live a happy and normal life again. The parents are currently unemployment but her father is job seeking to be able to financially support his family. This sad series of events has been very hard on the family but they are trying to make the best of everything and have very positive attitudes about their futures. In the meantime, our charity has been able to step in and provide them with $400 worth of grocery gift cards.

November 25, 2013
This young boy fought cancer and is now on a maintenance program; he will be going for doctor’s appointments regularly to be monitored, but this has left the family in a very tight position financially. Their rent cheque almost bounced due to insufficient funds, their furnace recently shut down on them and Christmas was right around the corner. Fortunately, we were given the ability to step in and assist the family, and as a result were able to pay the rent to the landlord, as well as groceries and utility bills for the entire month. The total expenses paid were just over $2,000 all in. The family is so grateful for the timing of our assistance.

November 22, 2013
This 14 month old boy was sadly diagnosed with Neuroblastoma earlier in 2013. His dad works to support the family, while his mom looks after him and his 3 year old brother. To help them through the coming months, our charity was able to gift them $500 in grocery certificates, as well as pay for their monthly parking passes.

November 13, 2013
This beautiful girl was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in late 2013. Her mom inevitably had to close the doors to her business in order to support her daughter as well as take her in and out of town for weeks at a time for different treatments. They will need to continue making these trips for the next 6 months. She has 4 loving siblings and step-siblings but this definitely means the parents have their hands full, and so, to date we have been able to assist with their fuel bills and the broviac supplies required for her treatments, totalling $924.19.

November 1, 2013
We were able to help this beautiful young girl who was sadly diagnosed with a returning brain tumour. We assisted the family by paying $200 in groceries gift cards as well as paying for a parking pass at the hospital for her parents who frequently visited there with her.

October 31, 2013
This wonderful little boy was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. He has a younger sibling and his dad is the only working parent but has been working on and off since his son was diagnosed. Both of the parents want to be there as much as they can for their son and fortunately we were able to provide the family with $1,050 in gift cards for groceries to ease the stress of their finances for a short while.

October 30, 2013
This young boy was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. He currently goes in for chemo treatment weekly, and his mom also gives him treatments at home. Sadly, he is expected to be in treatment for the next 3 years. He has two older siblings and his mom had only been back to work for 2 months since he was diagnosed which is making it very hard for her to make ends meet. We were able to assist this family with a $250 grocery gift card to help pay for some of their essentials.

October 24, 2013
This young girl was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is from a big family with 5 other brothers and sisters. Her father is employed and her mom’s full time job is to take care of all the kids. During her treatments the other children are being taken care of by an aunt as this poor girl has spent a great amount of time away from her home and her siblings. We have been fortunate enough to assist the family by providing them with $800 for groceries and parking passes to help them through the coming months.

October 18, 2013
This beautiful girl was diagnosed with having a brain tumour last month. She is an only child and the parents are spending every minute they can at the hospital to be with their little girl. Helping Families Handle Cancer stepped in to provide this family with $350 in gift cards for groceries.

October 10, 2013
This two year old girl will be receiving chemo regularly for the next 2.5 years after recently being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. During this time she will have a compromised immune system and she will be away from her home for at least a month. After that she will be travelling between her hometown and Calgary often for further treatments. Her mother had suffered a broken arm and had to take a month off work prior to her daughter being diagnosed, and now she is unable to work at all while she supports her two daughters. We were able to step in and help this family by paying $8,380.65 towards their rent, utilities and grocery bills.

October 4, 2013
This toddler was diagnosed with cancer in early 2013. He is just 18 months old and has a twin brother. His mom is a single mother who has taken a mostly unpaid leave of absence from work to see her son through treatment,and is planning to return to work once her son’s condition is stabilized. We were able to assist this family by paying $700 in grocery gift cards over several months.

September 6, 2013
This family has a 7 year old son who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. The father works full time and the mom stays at the hospital to be with their son. This young boy has become very sick and will be in the hospital for the next two months. They are located out of town and have to drive in to the Children’s Hospital regularly. We were able to help this family by providing them with a $350 grocery gift card to pay for some of their essentials.

July 17, 2013
This family has three children; two younger boys and an older girl. Their middle child was recently diagnosed with Anaplastic Neuroblastoma after they noticed he wasn't feeling well and had him examined by multiple doctors. At first they kept taking him to their family doctor only to be sent home each time with no diagnosis, but his symptoms got progressively worse. He began losing weight, getting extremely tired and wasn’t holding down his food, and finally, after a visit to emergency they were sadly told that he has a brain tumour developing. He immediately had surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible and his family were told he had a 50% chance to beat the cancer. This tough boy went through 3 stem cell transplants and is now on his sixth chemo treatment. This round is his last chance and they have done all they can do otherwise. His mom was on maternity leave when her son was diagnosed and she has continued to stay at home. His father is working full time to support their family. We were able to help this family by paying for groceries, fuel, parking and credit card expenses, and we were even able to help by paying for some medication bills and paying for a nanny to assist in caring for the other two children.We also received a special donation that was intended specifically for this family, and as a result we were able to pay all the bills mentioned to a tune of $17,000.

July 12, 2013
This little girl was diagnosed with cancer and during her treatments she suffered anaphylactic shock from one of the chemo drugs she was taking.She is also suffering from side effects resulting from the different medications she is taking.Unfortunately, to add to all these issues she was diagnosed with cancer a while ago and managed to fight it off, but now she is in remission. She will need to be admitted to the hospital on a monthly basis to monitor her health, and so to ease some of the financial stress we have purchased grocery gift cards, paid for fuel and parking expenses as well as 6 months’ rent for her family totalling $2,099.34.

February 28, 2013
The mother of this young boy reached out to us as her son is in need of a particular car seat for flying to and from another city for treatment. He outgrew his old one and they can't afford to replace it currently. They required one that is specifically airplane friendly and it also needed to be easily installed in and out of a taxi.They travel to another city every three weeks for their son’s cancer treatments which has really worn them down and resulted in financial strain on the family. We were able to help this family by purchasing their new car seat, part of their utility bills and car fuel costs totalling $827.99.

February 27, 2013
This family has a three year old boy who was diagnosed with ALL (Leukemia) in late 2012. His mother works but she will be applying for short term disability in order to support her son. The young boy was diagnosed shortly after they moved to a new town just outside of Calgary. The mother said that when her son was diagnosed, the bottom fell out of their world while it was being turned upside down. Helping Families Handle Cancer was able to assist with some finances by paying $450 towards rent and fuel expenses for the family to help them with their trips to and from the hospital.

February 21, 2013
This family’s son was recently diagnosed with cancer and they are trying their best to make ends meet. Luckily they have a neighbour who has been babysitting their other child while they're at the hospital with their son, but they have still had to cut back their working hours. We were able to help by paying $250 in groceries for this family. The mother is so grateful that her son is doing great now; she said the hospital and staff have done a wonderful job and that living in Canada has meant she could approach her son’s illness in a positive way, with all the support they have received.

February 14, 2013
This family has an 11 year old son who was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). They also have two other children.This poor boy is having a hard time understanding why he got Leukemia and his parents have been a great support system for him. He definitely misses his school and his friends though while he goes through the treatment plan. He has now started taking his chemo pill every day. Helping Families Handle Cancer was able to assist with their grocery bills by providing them with a $250 gift card.

February 1, 2013
This 13 year old boy was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma.He has a younger sister who is 9 years old.He really likes movies (specifically scary movies) and video games.His diagnosis has been "an incredible shock to the family and has turned their lives upside down". We were able to provide his family with gift cards for groceries and fuel in the amount of $705.20.

January 20, 2013
This family has a 4 month old son who has Retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye). Sadly, their son has already lost one of his eyes to cancer and they are currently fighting to save the other eye. His case is so severe that they must fly every month to another city for treatments.They also have two other children aged 3 and 11. Helping Families Handle Cancer was able to help out by paying for their utility bills totalling $544.88.

January 7, 2013
This family’sone month old son very sadly and suddenly passed away from Neuroblastoma recently. They would come to the hospital twice a day while their baby was in ICU and it put some financial strain on the family. As this family are going through a difficult time dealing with the loss of their son, Helping Families Handle Cancer were able to step in and pay$1,600 for two months’ worth of rent to their landlord so that the family could grieve.

December 30, 2012
This family has a three year old child who was diagnosed with Leukemia in January 2011. They also have two other children. The family arrived from overseas earlier this month and currently live in Calgary. The father has found a job that pays a very low wage right now and they have no means of transportation.We were able to pay for their transportation bills and grocery bills while they adjusted to life in Calgary, totalling$784.50.

December 17, 2012
This 3 year old girl has been fighting ALL (Leukemia)since July 2011. She is currently not in the hospital and the family are taking everything day by day.They also have two other children aged 10 and 13. Although the parents are both currently employed, they have been feeling financial strain during this difficult time while they supported their child through the treatments. Helping Families Handle Cancer was able to step in an assist the family by paying $1,500 towards their rent bill.

2012 Donations In Action

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December 08, 2012
This child has unfortunately passed away. During the course of his treatment, his family sunk further into debt. Having some help would enable them to start the financial recovery process. Their son was diagnosed with AML (Acute myeloid leukemia- blood cancer) in 2009. He relapsed in 2010 and had a transplant. His mother told me her son had a passion for helping others with cancer and loved the Ed Hardy t-shirt brand. He joined heaven in September 2012. We helped by paying this families rent for January and February. Each month was $1,554.79.
Total: $3,109.58

November 30, 2012
Our last family is in a situation where the mother and her husband have separated and are living in different cities. The mother is taking care of their fifteen-year-old daughter who has been battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia (cancer of the blood) since November. She is currently in the hospital with this aggressive type of cancer. Initially, they thought she had the flu, but after it didn't go away they took her into the hospital for tests and found out she had cancer. She is on her second cycle of chemo and will be staying in the hospital until the spring. This family also has a son who is staying with the father. The son has a disability and needs care at home so the father is taking care of him. We helped this family by paying the rent for the mom for January and a portion of February. Total: $1,500.

November 28, 2012
This family is headed by a single mother, raising three kids on her own. Her daughter, who is thirteen years old, was just diagnosed with Leukemia in October. They figured out she had cancer when she had a nose bleed that wouldn't stop, so her Mom took her to the hospital. They did some tests and told her that her daughter has cancer. Five years ago, the child's grandmother died of Leukemia as well. The hospital also told her that Leukemia is not hereditary, they just both happen to have been diagnosed with it. She has stopped working in order to be with her daughter full-time. At times, money is tight, especially trying to find the extra money to afford parking when they go into the hospital for treatment. Because of your donations, we were able to purchase parking passes for and gas vouchers. Total: $736

November 23, 2012
A family that we have helped had their 22-month-old son pass away. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October of 2011. They were having financial problems at the end of their son's illness when neither parent was working. Power was cut off last month until a family member loaned them $500. The mom was working at one point but didn't have enough hours for to qualify for Employment Insurance. They were able to take their son home during the last few months of his battle, which required 24 hour care at home. The father took time off work to assist with the care at home and to be with him during this difficult time before he passed away. This stress has added to their emotional burden. Shortly after he passed away, they found out that the machines they had needed to keep their son at home had caused their utility bill to skyrocket to over $600 a month! We helped this family pay for the back log of their utility bills for $1613.24 and a portion of their funeral costs for $2,000. We hope that this can help the family have less stress about their financial position and start their healing process. Total: $3,613.24

November 13, 2012
We have helped this family in the past. Their son's health has been hard to predict; he is very sensitive to chemotherapy. Recently he had to go to the hospital multiple times for blood tests and blood transfusions due to the chemotherapy being too strong for him. The doctors are still trying to figure out which amount of dosage would be the most compatible. Gas and parking is getting expensive since this family lives in Chestermere. Helping Families was able to cover two parking passes for this family for the next 6 months and $300 worth of gas vouchers. Total: $460

October 22, 2012
The son of one of our previous family's son is still very ill. His family had to stay at the hospital for twelve weeks while he fought an infection. He is now back on chemo and will be on treatment for at least another year. They lived at the hospital practically the entire time he was there and barely had a chance to go home at all. We helped by paying their rent for two months.
Total: $2,900

October 05, 2012
This family's son was diagnosed with a mix germ cell cancer. He is on the tail end of his first chemo cycle and is currently waiting for the second cycle. He has done extremely well with his chemo treatments so far and hasn't even taken any pain killers yet! This is good news, as the doctors think he will probably have to do four more cycles because the tumor is in his abdomen and his cancer is very high risk. We helped this family by paying for broviac supplies and a mortgage payment. Total: $2,084.07

October 04, 2012
This family's fourteen-year-old daughter is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, while her mother is struggling to work as much as she can to support her family on a single income. The single mother has been using her line of credit to cover household expenses when pay is short due to hospital visits. Bills are piling up so we helped by paying some medication costs, parking for one month, and groceries. Total: $767.44

September 24, 2012
This family has a son who has been battling Leukemia (ALL) for the past two years. Part of his treatment has included chemotherapy. His father has been working full-time to try and keep the family afloat so the mother can take care of their son while he is in the hospital. We helped this family by paying part of their rent. Total: $1,000

September 19, 2012
This family has a daughter who was just diagnosed with cancer a month ago. She has finished her second round of chemotherapy and hasn't been feeling very well. They have five other children so money has been tight. We helped this family by paying their broviac supplies for six months as well as some medication costs that were not covered through the parents' work benefits. Total: $1,099.28

September 07, 2012
This family's child is battling Osteosarcoma in her lower left leg. She is suffering from seizures, which doctors believe are being caused from a combination of pain medication and chemotherapy. While the parents are at work, they need someone who can be responsible for looking after their daughter Because they both work in order to facilitate treatment costs and their other child is still too young to help out, a caregiver is required to come into the house while both parents are at work. Helping Families will be supporting this family until the end of December. Total: $4,654

September 05, 2012
One of our families had a six-month-old daughter with a brain tumor, who has tragically now passed away. The mother is not working and the father just went on stress leave and is making only 70 per cent of his wages. They both needed some time off in order to cope with their terrible loss. Thanks to you we were able to pay for their rent for three months to give them some room to breathe. Total: $3,000.

August 20, 2012
This family has a fourteen-year-old daughter who has been diagnosed with Acute Myelocytic Leukemia and will be hospitalized for the next seven months. This is a nasty type of Leukemia and she hasn't responded to chemotherapy in the way they were hoping. She is recovering but hasn't been able to eat for two weeks. She has lots of infections and is starting to break down a little bit. They are from British Columbia, so it is difficult being away from home. Her fighting strength to get better is being driven by her love and desire to go skiing again. The family will be staying in Calgary until their daughter's treatment is complete. We were able to help alleviate a lot of pressure from this family by taking care of their car payments for the next six months and their rent for the next three months. Total: $4,260.

August 20, 2012
We have helped this family in the past. Their son has Rhabdomyosarcoma (tumor) in his brain. The father is still working but the monthly expenses have exceeded their budget. They had called an ambulance one day for their son unexpectedly. Money is tight and they weren't sure how they were going to afford it. Their insurance paid for only 80 per cent of the bill, so Helping Families is covering the other 20 per cent. Every donation to Helping Families goes a long way!
Total: $70.35

August 13, 2012
This family has a child who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April 2012. Although both parents are currently working, they weren't for a while when their daughter first started treatment. The mother just returned to work recently but the bills have been piling up. They were visiting the hospital on a regular basis and it was getting difficult to afford parking every time. We helped this family by paying for their parking passes for a year. Total: $720.

August 13, 2012
A mother we have assisted in the past had to bring her two-year-old daughter in from out of town for four days to receive some not-so-good news from the hospital. The daughter has been fighting Neuroblastma since February of last year, while her mother is working to support four kids on a single income. The mother was worried because she didn't have any extra money, let alone the cost for meals when she brought her daughter and her kids down here. We purchased restaurant gift cards for her so that they could make it down here with one less thing to worry about. Total: $180
July 29, 2012
This single mother lost her daughter Samantha to cancer on in May 2012. Although we have paid for her to take the family to Saskatoon to bury her daughter, she didn't feel like she had time to grieve. She was surrounded by family and everything happened so quickly. We paid for the mother only to travel back return trip to Saskatoon to say a proper goodbye to her daughter.
Total: $202

July 19, 2012
This family's single mother has a son who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) during May of this year. Her son is currently in the hospital with some infections. He just finished his first round of chemotherapy but can't start his second until his infections have been treated and he is feeling better. We helped this family by paying $650 in back rent (which they were having trouble catching up on) as well as two upcoming months for $1450 each. Now the family has some breathing room and can focus on caring for the son. Total: $3,550.

July 24, 2012
This family has an eighteen-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in June of 2010. Unfortunately she has relapsed and now has stage 4 Ewing's Sarcoma. She is receiving treatment on a five-days-in two-days-off, five-days-in nine-days-off rotation. Money has been very tight due to unpaid bills as a result of last year's treatments. We were able to help pay down their credit card debt. Right now, they are focused on the present and supporting their daughter through this difficult time. Not having this black cloud over their heads really helps!
Total: $3,600

July 03, 2012
This family has a daughter that is eleven weeks old and was just diagnosed with cancer. Because this family lives in a Hutterite colony, the family is only given a minimum amount of pocket money. Although the colony covers a lot for the family, they require gas to go to and from the hospital. Their daughter is about to undergo intensive therapy over the course of the next six to twelve months. We were able to help this family by providing gas money for one trip per week for six months. Total: $2,700

June 1, 2012
One of our families has a 15-year-old son that had been complaining of hip pain, which ended up being cancer (Ewing's Sarcoma). The cancer has now spread to his eye, head, and lungs, so this family has a big battle to fight. The family lives in Vulcan, Alberta and drives over two hours for treatment. Their son is one of seven children. We were able to help them out by issuing a parking pass for them for the next ten months, giving gas vouchers to help them with the expense of driving to and from the Children's Hospital, and meal vouchers for when they are in town receiving treatment. TOTAL COST: $ 2,810.

May 15, 2012
This family has a 19-month-old daughter who was diagnosed with Wilms tumor. She has stage one cancer and they removed her left kidney. She is currently receiving chemo treatments, to make sure that there are no more cancer cells left. She is just starting to feel better after having her kidney removed. We were able to help this family by paying for parking passed and gas vouchers for a total of $730.

May 7, 2012
One of our families has a 13-year-old child who is battling Osteosarcoma (bone tumor) in the lower left leg. The father works but the mother had to quit her job due to the child's health situation. We don't have the final bill yet because this will be for the next 10 months. We will be covering roughly $950 in parking, $1,250 in Medical supplies (broviac supplies) and roughly $1,600 in special transportation. Total bill should be around $3,800.

May 8, 2012
As I mentioned a few months back, for the first time, we had one of our families lose their battle against cancer. Their daughter fought Leukemia for 2 years. We got a call from the social worker saying that the family couldn't afford bus tickets from Calgary to Saskatoon for the family to go and bury their daughter with the rest of her family. We were able to give them a return bus ticket to Saskatoon and back for the family totaling $549.78. At a time like that, Helping Families is there to help make difficult times a little bit easier.

April 17, 2012
Another one of our families that we have helped in the past has a son who is still fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and is currently experiencing some complications with his health. Since this is their son's second relapse in his battle against cancer, the family is really feeling the financial stress. We were able to help them out by providing $350 worth of gas gift cards so they could afford to take their son to and from the hospital for his treatments.

April 13, 2012
A family that we helped back in January is requiring some additional help. The daughter is recovering from her chemo treatments but her body hasn't been responding to it very well. It's been a long journey because she has been fighting Leukemia since Dec 2010, but she is looking forward to getting a bone marrow transplant from her older brother. This family has four kids (two of them being over 18). The daughter has been in the hospital since January and things are getting tougher now. The mother visits the hospital every day and leaves in the evening. We helped out this family by providing $600 in grocery gift cards because money is tight; this way, over the next several months she has enough money to pack a lunch every day.

April 4, 2012
Today's family has a son who was diagnosed with Rhabomyosarcoma (tumor) in his brain. The mother had to stop her post-secondary education to be there for her son. The father is still working but the monthly expenses have exceeded their budget. Their son is having chemo treatments but they are struggling to pay for treatment costs that aren't covered. Helping Families is able to step in pay for those extra medical expenses so that their son can get what he needs to beat his cancer. We were also able to help the family out with a parking pass so that they could easily visit their son every day. Cost: $95 for a month parking pass + medical expenses (to be determined).

April 2, 2012
For this family, the Mother does not drive and her daughter is receiving treatment for her relapse at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. The father works and does not have paid time off because they need to keep a roof over their head. The Mom has found it difficult to find rides as she has another young daughter that she needs to bring along too. They also cannot take public transit because her daughter is on treatment. Thanks to you, Helping Families was able to provide support by paying for 17 trips in a vehicle that is specifically meant for children on treatment. The family paid for one way and we paid for the other. Total bill paid $327.60.

March 27, 2012
Our family today has a son that is currently hospitalized battling Lymphoma and is on his 5th round of chemo. His Mom is a single mother working as a receptionist and earns less than $24,000/year, which isn't a lot when you have two boys in the house. We were able to help her out by paying for a parking pass for her to allow her to visit her son daily. Total: $95.

March 19, 2012
Our latest family has a three year old daughter who has been battling brain cancer over a year. One night their daughter was having problems at home and they needed to call an ambulance for her. This family couldn't afford to pay it because the father works and the mother stays with their daughter. They recently received a final notice for their ambulance bill and on top of everything they were going through, they were about to be sent to collections. They also couldn't afford to pay for oxygen that their daughter needed when she was allowed back home. Because of your donations we were able to help out by paying $410 for their bills.

March 17, 2012
Another one of our families that we have helped in the past once more needs some additional assistance with affording hospital passes. Their son has been fighting Ewing's Sarcoma for two and a half years. We were able to help them out by providing 3 month of parking passes so that they can spend more time with their son. TOTAL $295

March 17, 2012
One of our single fathers that we have helped in the past is still struggling financially. He has left his job so that he can be here in Calgary with his son as much as possible; if you can believe it, this Dad is so dedicated he has been crashing on his friend's couches here in Calgary. We were able to help him out and provide him with gas vouchers for another 3 round trips to Calgary so that he can continue to visit his son. His son is battling Osteosarcoma since October 2011.

March 8, 2012
This family has a 16-year-old son who has been battling Osteosarcoma for the last 4 months. The mother has 3 daughters who had to stay with a family friend while she brought her son in for treatment, so that they didn't miss school and fall behind. Her son had an operation to take the tumor out of his knee and is experiencing lots of pain; he was put on stronger chemo because they wanted to make sure that they killed all of the cancer cells. His chemo should be done by September if they are lucky. We were able to help this family out by providing $600 worth of grocery gift cards, to help support the family friend, who is also a single mother with two kids of her own. We also were able to give them gas vouchers, so that the family friend could drive the boy's sister up to see him a few times from Fort Macleod.

February 8, 2012
This family has a 16-year-old daughter who has been battling Leukemia for the past two years. The daughter is almost done treatment but has been in the hospital more often now because she has been really sick over the last month. Her mom has no other support in place. We were able to help this family by lunch and dinner at the hospital for two weeks. Total: $154. This makes a big difference to families who are at the hospital day in and day out.

February 8, 2012
One of our families needed to Travel from Coalman, Alberta to the Children's Hospital here in Calgary for their daughter's checkup. She has been battling Rhabdomyosarcoma since July 2004. This has been a long 8-year journey for this family. The mother did not have enough money to bring her daughter to a checkup that she really needed. Because of your donations, we were able to help this family with gas vouchers, meal vouchers at the Children's and a hotel room to stay at while they were here overnight. It only took $228 to change this family's day. Thank you for all you do to support us!

January 27, 2012
Our next family has a son that was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December 2010 and is currently experiencing some viral infection complications. The parents were very independent when their son was diagnosed the first time around. However, now that their son is on his second year of treatment, the parents can no longer handle the financial stress themselves and have reached out for help. We were able to step up and help this family with gas vouchers for a total of $350 so that they could get to and from the hospital to visit their son.

January 9, 2012
This family's 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma on November 11, 2011. The father works but the mother doesn't so she can take care of their daughter. This is a family that we have helped in the past, and they needed help again for another 3 months' worth of parking passes, at a cost of $285.

January 7, 2012
We were able to help another one of our families by paying their childcare for a month. They have a 3-year-old daughter who is fighting Rhabdomyoscarcoma (the same cancer our Executive Director, Carie Stock, had). She has two other children that need to be watched during the day while she is at the hospital with her daughter. Her daughter is at the Children's currently going through surgery of her bladder. This family has been struggling to pay for childcare due to loss on income from being at the hospital full time. Even the father has taken time off work to be with his daughter. Thanks to you, this family now does not have to worry about this month's child care bill.

January 6, 2012
Our latest family is one from BC who needs a reliable cell phone since the father travels far for appointments to be with his son, who has been battling a brain tumor since August 2011. We were able to hook him up with cell phone minutes so he can talk to his son, get updates on his son's health, and have a way to contact him if there is an emergency.

January 6, 2012
Our latest family is one from BC who needs a reliable cell phone since the father travels far for appointments to be with his son, who has been battling a brain tumor since August 2011. We were able to hook him up with cell phone minutes so he can talk to his son, get updates on his son's health, and have a way to contact him if there is an emergency.



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2011 Donations In Action

Read All of HFHC's 2011 Stories

December 30, 2011
One of our families had their son, who is 2 years old, relapse with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The family is out from out of town, so they have to travel to Calgary because his case is serious. Since they are not in their home town they are unable to work, making things hard on them. They were about to have their home go into foreclosure and their heat turned off. Thanks to your donations we were able to help them with their mortgage payment, and backed up power and gas bills for a total of $2,090. Thank you for all of your support!

December 23, 2011
This time it is a father who lives in BC and needs assistance with gas money so he can travel from his home to Calgary to visit his son, who is currently doing chemotherapy at the Calgary Children's Hospital fighting Osteosarcoma. We were able to help this Dad by paying for his gas for his next 3 trips to and from the hospital. It is so important that this child gets the thing that is most important... his Dad!

December 07, 2011
Our latest family is another single mother supporting her four kids. Her daughter was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in February of this year. We were able to help by paying her phone and electricity bills that have been pilling up for $986. We are very fortunate to help as disconnection notices were severed to them. This is the last thing that this family should be worrying about at this point in time.

November 22, 2011
Changing lives one family at a time! Today's family is one who's daughter was just diagnosed a few weeks ago with a Germ cell tumor. She is just starting chemo and has a long road in front of her. Thanks to your support we helped this family, so they don't have to worry about their rent this month, or their outstanding electric, utility, and phone bill totaling $2885.

November 08, 2011
A family was referred to us who's daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January of this year. They speak very little English so things have been difficult. Since their daughter receiving ongoing treatment as an out patient, her medical drugs for the treatment are not being covered. We helped by paying for $343 worth of prescription drug costs that she needed and that the family couldn't afford.

November 04, 2011
We were able to help a single mother today who has three kids. Her son has Acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has been fighting the disease for the past four years. She has been struggling to pay her bills as she is the sole provider for her family. Thanks to your support, we were able to pay her cable, heat, and electricity bill, totaling $805, so she can focus on what is important... her family!

September 21, 2011
We are very excited to help our first family since we dreamed up the idea of this foundation four years ago. This family is from Lethbridge and they travel to and from Lethbridge often for treatment. Their son is about to start radiation after being diagnosed in July 2011 with Hodgkins Lymphoma. This family received a disconnection notice saying that their heat was going to be turned off. Helping Families was able to relieve their stress by taking care of their gas bill, electric bill, and their cable and phone bill, totaling $990.

September 09, 2011
Helped a family today who has been living in Canada for over a year when their daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Their father works part time while the mother cares for their daughter. Just recently they learned from their landlord that their rental agreement did not cover utilities and the family owed more $1,756 in outstanding utilities. Based on this families income, this would have taken them a really long time to pay this off.

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