A Familiar and Comforting Space Within the Hospital

Typically, cancer treatments last at least two years and involves a weekly visit to the outpatient clinic where children receive their therapies. To make the wait and treatment times at the hospital more pleasant for children, Leucan built playrooms where educators welcome children and help them to live in the moment rather than dread the next round of treatments. Leucan’s highly specialized educators are also there to meet the needs of parents and siblings. Thanks to you, Leucan can truly be there at every stage of cancer, ready to satisfy the needs of families, whatever they might be.

Break the Isolation with Activities Tailored to the Reality of Cancer

At home, families tend to isolate themselves in order to better protect their child whose immune system is weakened by treatments. By supporting Leucan, you allow families to enjoy safe moments of respite and the opportunity to build relationships and share their experiences—a vital component to ensure their well-being. All the activities organized by Leucan take into account the energy level and physical abilities of children to build back their self-esteem, which often takes a hit during their illness. By supporting Leucan, you provide families with safe opportunities of respite and fulfill their crucial need to meet and make connections with other families in the same situation.

Going back to School: A Critical Stage for the Whole Family

The beginning of the school year can be stressful for most children. For cancer-stricken children, it’s an even greater challenge. They find themselves among their classmates after a long absence, with their physical appearance altered and often with specific needs due to their condition and/or treatments. For instance, they can tire more easily, be exempted from sports and physical activities or require adaptive tools in cases of decreased motor skills or amputation. With your donations, Leucan’s facilitators can carry out this important initiative, which serves to prevent bullying and to mitigate the sense of helplessness felt by the teaching staff, parents, and children.

Whenever I walked into the playroom with Maelly, Eva’s sister, Marie-Christine often came to her to invite her to draw or do arts and crafts. There were always fun and pretty crafting activities for children to do, and theme projects on Halloween and other holidays. Whatever the plan, children were always made to feel welcome. Some days, we arrived at the hospital early with no idea of when we would get to leave. It was nice to have that playroom for our children.

Mélissa, mom of Eva, 6 years old.

Diagnosed with nephroblastoma, 8 month treatment

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