Charity Registration Number
P.O. Box 871,
Welland, Ontario L3B 5Y5
Local: (905) 385.HACS (Hamilton)
Toll Free: 1.844.770.HACS
Fax: (905) 735.8386
Life for a child threatened by cancer is filled with pain, sacrifice, hospital visits and treatments. "Help a Child Smile" was born out of the need to bring some joy into the lives of these victims of childhood cancer.
An organization focused on children with cancer treated at the Children's Hospital at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation by providing opportunities for them and their families to smile and have fun.
Farewell to 'The Cowboy'
It saddens us to announce the passing of HACS’s longtime supporter and friend, Claude Poulin. He peacefully passed away on December 10, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.
Since HACS' inception in 1987, Claude has been a founding benefactor, was an original board member and instrumental in making the organization what it is today. He dedicated most of his efforts on the Labour Day Extravaganza held annually at Club Richelieu and the annual HACS golf tournament. He was the man behind the scenes and helped to make these events a success for over 28 years.
Claude was a compassionate, humble man that never asked to be recognized for his of his contributions. He generously gave his time, financial support and business resources, simply because he could and never with the expectation of receiving anything in return except maybe the smiles on the faces of the children he helped.
His generosity extended beyond HACS, he was also a long time supporter of his local Food Bank, Toys for Tots, World Vision and was always willing to extend a helping hand to someone.
Claude was a great husband to his wife Janice, beloved father to his daughters Jamie and Amanda, and a wonderful grandpa to Xavier and Elyza. All of his family remains involved with Help A Child Smile to this day.
He was a man that truly believed that "A man never stood so tall as when he stooped to Help A Child Smile."
He will be greatly missed by all his family, friends and the community.