The Association favors personalized support for its members, divided into 5 main axes:

1.Fight cancer and improve treatments

Allows to:

  • Improve the odds of survival so that all children affected by cancer can hope to reach adulthood
  • Contribute to providing world-class treatments to children in Quebec
  • Lessen the side effects of treatment
  • Enhance the quality of life of survivors by reducing the risk of sequelae

Primary funder of clinical research in pediatric oncology in Quebec, Leucan invests close to 1 million dollars every year for that type of research. Today, 82% of children diagnosed with cancer can hope to grow up and survive the ilness.

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2.Provide financial assistance

Allows to:

  • Reduce the financial anxiety associated with pediatric cancer for parents
  • Contribute to offsetting the loss of income when a parent must take an unpaid leave
  • Improve the quality of life of survivors coping with sequelae

Over the last year, $739,316 was granted to families to assist them financially

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3.Comfort, inform and guide

Allows to:

  • Reduce parents’ emotional distress at the time of diagnosis
  • Reassure families through individualized support and appropriate information
  • Support diagnosed children, their parents, and their siblings through every stage of cancer and even after they go home

Assistance provided:

  • Welcome and emotional support at the hospital and at home
  • The Leucan Information Centre
  • Welcome and comfort kit

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4.Alleviate physical and psychological pain

Allows to:

  • Alleviate the parents’ feeling of helplessness in the face of their child’s pain
  • Help relieve the psychological distress experienced by the parents and siblings of affected children
  • Allow children access to pain relieving care
  • Provide comfort care to bereaved families

Assistance provided:

  • Massage therapy in hospitals and at home for children with cancer, their parents, and their siblings
  • Psychological support
  • End-of-life and bereavement support

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5.Break families out of their isolation and contribute to their well-being

Allows to:

  • Reduce the sense of isolation in families
  • Contribute to the well-being of children during treatments
  • Help childhood cancer survivors enjoy a positive and more independent life
  • Support awareness-raising efforts to increase understanding and empathy in the circle of the affected children about their reality and that of their families

Assistance provided:

  • Socio-recreational activities: the Leucan-CSN Summer Camp, the Heart-filled Hope support group, Christmas parties, family activities, etc.
  • Hosting in hospital playrooms;
  • Awareness-raising activities and support in schools
  • Assistance to cured patients and survivors

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