Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that there are single, blended, and other types of families.
For the purposes of the distribution of tickets to HACS-sponsored activities, including the trips to GKTW Village, "family" consists of the parents/caregivers (maximum 2 adults) of the child with cancer as well as the minor siblings of the child. The Board of Directors may, at its discretion, consider entitlement on a case-by-case basis.
Any complimentary event tickets can be shared among extended family members, or additional tickets can be purchased in advance for many events.
If you have been granted additional travellers to the Give Kids the World Village in Florida, our HACS Trip Planner will assist with making arrangements. HACS, however, will not be responsible for the additional associated costs.
Unfortunately, children are being diagnosed with cancer at an increasing rate, and it is challenging to keep up with the needs of our families. We rely solely on fundraisers and donations to fund our programs. As you can imagine, this can result in fairly wide swings in our revenues.
To date, we have not experienced shortages severe enough to result in the cancellation of any of our family events. However, there have been times when we have had to reduce the number of trips we could fund in a year.
Various events are held throughout our geographical region. Please see the event calendar for a fundraiser near you, or please contact us if you are interested in hosting a fundraiser event!
Yes, we try to send as many families as we can to Florida. The trip includes: a limousine ride to and from the airport, rental car, 7 days at Give Kids the World Village, comprehensive travel insurance, spending money, and tickets to all of the Disney parks as well as all of the other major attractions Central Florida has to offer.
We understand how a cancer diagnosis can stop a family's routine in its tracks. Families of newly-diagnosed children can sometimes spend a month or more in hospital, often without having had the chance to bring with them even the most basic daily necessities. To help, we provide newly-diagnosed families with a HACSpack filled with useful items like deodorant, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, notepad, snacks and more. We also provide parking passes, gas cards and food vouchers.
We subsidize transportation costs for families whose child must also travel to Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital for treatments that are not available at McMaster.
We also sponsor monthly parent support groups, teen group outings and bereavement counseling.
We provide the oncology ward and clinic with books, craft supplies, literature, games, toys, and more to help them support our families every day.
No, HACS is not a wish-granting organization. As this horrible disease affects not only the child but the entire family unit, HACS provides the whole family with complimentary tickets to events year round so that there is always something for our families to look forward to. Our events include:
Disney on Ice
HACS Family Fishing Derby
African Lion Safari
Sporting events such as: Toronto Blue Jays, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Raptors
Annual Family Picnic
Children under the age of 18 who were diagnosed and/or are being treated for cancer at McMaster Children’s Hospital, are welcome to become members of Help A Child Smile.
Help A Child Smile's families come from a broad geographical area: the counties of Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Waterloo, Wellington, and Grey, as well as from Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and around the lakes in Niagara.