Catch the Ace for Childhood Cancer

Help A Child Smile and OPACC (Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer) partnered to raise funds for families affected by childhood cancer by presenting Catch the Ace for Childhood Cancer.

The Ace of Spades was revealed during the 23rd week’s draw on Friday, March 18. Congratulations to Jerry Draper of Brantford for winning the lottery. Jerry took home $3,004!

Profits from the lottery will go to Help A Child Smile and OPACC.

About OPACC & Help A Child Smile

OPACC is the parent voice for families with children diagnosed with cancer across Ontario. Their members are parents, guardians, survivors, and close relatives of children and teens diagnosed with childhood cancer. They offer support groups for parents, Comfy Cases, a gift card program, a Parent Liaison program in addition to a variety of other supports.

Help A Child Smile is there for children being treated or that have been treated for cancer at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Help A Child Smile provides paid hospital parking for the duration of the child’s treatment, wish trips to Give the Kids the World Village in Orlando, Florida, funding for procedures not covered by OHIP, as well as regular events for the entire family including day trips and activities.

Supporting Childhood Cancer Families

A childhood cancer diagnosis makes a big impact on the entire family. For a child, it’s painful, difficult, filled with hospital stays and missing out on regular childhood activities. For parents and caregivers, it’s overwhelming, sad, exhausting and emotionally draining. OPACC and Help A Child Smile both recognize the impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis and work to support the child and the entire family. Many of the activities and services we provide would not be there for families through the hospital or other charities, that’s why our work means so much to our members. The funds that we raise go directly into programming and supports for our families.

2021 Sandra Allen Memorial Education Award Winners