The Vision

We desire to come along side families, charities, hospitals/programs and organizations so that we may enhance the lives of those children who are currently in treatment, support the families of those who have or continue to walk in treatment. We wish to accomplish these tangibles by aligning ourselves with many organizations including the local church in Ottawa, Ontario and around the globe when children are diagnosed and families are in need. We have a vision to bring awareness to the growing public health crisis of childhood cancer and to advocate change by lobbying Government at all levels.

To be a light for families who find themselves in Childhood Cancer and to love on them through outreach, support, community activism and prayer. 

To work with Health Canada  and encourage the relaxation of restrictions placed upon researchers and doctors in Canada to enable them to run clinical trials at our institutions and to provide access for treatments to children.These trials are essential to gaining an understanding about these cancers and how they can best be treated in children. 

Provide more funding for Oncology Physicians and support staff for wages, training and education , especially to the Children’s Hospitals and research centres so that they can be better staffed and have the most latest technology and research education available to them. 
​Co-ordinate with the hospital networks to help better improve systems of sharing data and information on a city, province, country and global scale.

To  work with the Government (at all levels) for an increase in financial support and to provide access for childhood cancer research and treatments.  Currently  only 4% of funding overall goes to childhood cancer research even though it is one of the fastest growing cancer demographics. Statistics state four new drugs have been approved for childhood cancer research in the last thirty years. In most cases adult medications are being used on children at lower doses which have a devastating effect on a child's body. 
Funding for follow up care and research of data for the survival of patients at markers 5,10,20,30 years from first diagnosis as survival rates increase in some cancers.
Financial support to The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and The Hospital for Sick Children’s Research Programs for ETMR Tumours.
(Dr Donna Johnston and Dr Annie Haung)

Work for the availability to get pediatric chemotherapies and new trial medications / treatments, which have been developed outside of Canada but show signs of success in their respective countries, access to Canadian patients. These should be available to patients in Canada on a per case basis. (As an example: CAR- T CELL treatment available in the USA for several years with a high success rate was only granted Health Canada approval only in the last several months. (Summer of 2018)

Support the Hospital for Sick Children's ETANTR/ETMR data bank development as well as their CSF Fluid screening program through the lab of Dr Annie Huang and to build relational partnerships with other data creating brain tumour centres around the world. 

More financial support directed specifically to cancer research start up study’s which would enable Doctor’s to secure further grants for research funding. 
Review and overhaul the support policies of Ontario Drug Benefit Plan and other Provincial/Federal plans that would enable full coverage for the needs of childhood cancer patients across the country. 
Seek  assistance through funding and/or tax credits to help support families in childhood cancer and to review their abilities to handle the financial stresses of being in cancer with a child. (Parking, accommodations, food, transportation, etc) Often parents cannot work while a child is in cancer treatment.
Create events and programs to work hand in hand with the CHEO team on 4North so that patients/parents will be provided with an environment of support and care from other Oncology families and volunteers.
Promote awareness with Neurology team and Neuro Oncology teams in Ottawa/Toronto. (ETMR) Bring awareness to the medical teams involved in brain cancer surgery/diagnosis of the ever changing dynamics of brain tumours and to aid in the identification process from Sick Children’s Hospital with future cases as per Dr. Annie Huang (Specialist ETMR Tumour: Sick Children’s Hospital) 
Come along side of organizations that help support families in Childhood Cancer including Candlelighters, Ronald McDonald House, POGO to help promote and fundraise for these charities and to continue to bring awareness to them.

Create family support programs like the love hour which is held monthly at CHEO and other sites to engage families in treatment