Kids Cancer Support Group is a not for profit organisation that is dedicated to connecting, supporting and enriching the lives of children diagnosed with cancer and other blood disorders on Ward 3B at Princess Margaret Hospital (soon to be Ward 1A at Perth Children’s Hospital). We not only recognise the impact that being diagnosed with cancer has on the child and the parents, but also the flow-on effect on siblings.
Although finding a cure is the biggest priority for childhood cancer, offering “distractionary” services to help try and ease the journey is also vital.
Kids Cancer Support Group was first established in 1983 by a group of parents who recognised a need to support each other through the traumatic cancer journey. KCSG continues to be run on a voluntary basis by parents and has always relied solely on the generous support of donations from the community to deliver the vital services and support that the families need.
Our three main goals are:
Connect – provide an avenue for connecting with other families. The only other people who completely understand what it is you are going through are other parents of a child diagnosed with cancer;
Support – Recognise and fill the gaps and help support families from a social perspective. This goal works together with our connect goal;
Enrich – this could be something as simple as a cupcake and a coffee on a Sunday during a toy delivery for the kids or having easy access to a bottle of shampoo after bringing your child into the hospital at 3 am.
"We get it" – so our services come from the heart and experience.
Every year in Australia 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with childhood cancer. For most children, when they are diagnosed the cancer is already at an advanced stage. Tragically, at least 3 children die EVERY WEEK from cancer or the side-effects of the treatment. Childhood cancer is the biggest disease killer of children in Australia.
There is no known cause of childhood cancer.
90 to 100 of these newly diagnosed families are in Western Australia.
Kids Cancer Support Group fills the gaps of services that are currently missing of where support is not sufficient.