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At Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC) we believe that there is a lot of comfort in knowledge. Knowing where you can stay, assistance financially and emotionally relieves some of the stress. Below are some resources and phone numbers that we found to be very useful. Please contact us at 705.586.3229 or 1.888.993.9227 if there are other additional information you would like to share that we might have missed.
Medical Expenses Credit
Remember, certain medical expenses can be claimed on your tax return. If your net income is less than $64,200 and your family’s medical expenses are 3% or more of your net income, you may be entitled to claim a 15.5% federal tax credit and 6.05% Ontario provincial credit on those expenses over the 3% threshold. If your net income is over $64,200, your medical expenses over a flat $1,926 qualify for the credit.
Ronald McDonald House
- Toronto (416) 977-8807
- Ottawa (613) 737-5523
- London (519) 685-3232
Toronto Tourism (800) 363-1990
Days Hotel & Conference Centre – Toronto (416) 977-6655
Courtyard Marriott Hotel – Toronto (416) 924-0611
Delta Chelsea – Toronto (800) 268-9070
Daffodil Terrace Lodge, Sudbury (705) 523-7333
Howard Johnson Hotel (705) 675-5602
Travelway Inn – Sudbury (705) 522-1122
Hotel Ottawa (CHEO) (613) 733-1412
Blue Cross Travel Insurance (416) 626-1688
Children’s Wish Foundation (800) 700-4437
Make-A-Wish Foundation (888) 822-9474
Starlight Foundation (800) 880-1004
Sunshine Dreams for Kids (800) 461-7935
Changing Times (Wigs) (705) 670-9401
Regional Cancer Program of the Sudbury Regional Hospital (705) 522-6237
Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada (866) 753-0303
Camp Quality (800) 899-3380
Camp Oochigeas (416) 961-6624
Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre (888) 999-CAMP (2267)
Cottage Dreams (705) 448-9190
Ontario Drug Benefit (800) 268-1154
Parent Support, Advocacy & Education Childhood Cancer Foundation (Candlelighters Canada) (416) 489-6440
- Ottawa (613) 715-9157
- Simcoe (705) 737-429
- North Bay (705) 494-9649
NOFCC Parent Support Connection (705) 586-3229
Bereaved Families of Ontario (416) 440-0290
Canadian Retinoblastoma Society (905) 885-2763
Pediatric Interlink Nurse – Sudbury (800) 293-2309
b.r.a.i.n.child (416) 813-7974
Brain Tumour Foundation (519) 642-7755
Cancer Information Service (905) 387-1153
Childcan, The Childhood Cancer Research Association (519) 685-3500
Pediatric Oncology Group of Canada (416) 592-1232
Neutopenia Support Association Inc. (800) 663-8876
Community Care Access Centres
- Timmins (888) 668-2222
- Thunder Bay (800) 626-5406
- Near North Nipissing (705) 476-2222
- Manioulin – Sudbury (705) 522-3460
- Timiskaming (705) 567-2222
- Algoma – Sault Ste Marie (800) 668-7705
NOFCC (888) 993-9227 Northern Health Travel Grants
- Sudbury (705) 675-4010
- Sault Ste Marie (705) 759 8598
- Thunder Bay (807) 475-1351
- Timmins (705) 268-5300
- Kenora (807) 468-2869
- North Bay (705) 494-4130
Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD)
- Thunder Bay (807) 475-1336
- Timmins (705) 235-1773
- North Bay (705) 474-3540 ext 237
- Sault Ste Marie (800) 825-7643 ext 2138
- Sudbury (705) 564-3153 ext 371
Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada (866) 753-0303
Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity (905) 852-1799
The Tara Children’s Foundation (905) 463-0410
Jennifer’s Rainbow Children’s Charity (905) 939-0410
Trillium Drug Program (800) 575-5386
CCS Unit Offices
- Northwestern (Thunder Bay) Region (800) 227-5557
- Timmins and District (705) 264-7434
- Sudbury and District (705) 670-1234
- North Bay and District (705) 472-9072
- Algoma & District (705) 253-4781
Tax Tips for Expenses
Any family dealing with childhood cancer knows that the financial burdens of treatment can be great. Therefore, it is important to note that certain medical expenses can be claimed on your tax return. These include several out-of-pocket expenses such as meals, mileage, parking and accommodations. Receipts are generally required, especially for hotels and parking, but certain pre-set amounts are allocated daily for meals and per kilometer without receipts. You may need confirmation of your appointments over the last year, which can often be obtained from a physician or nurse on your child’s treatment team. The following sources may be of assistance: A T1 tax form (with documentation) or visit www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Below is a select list of web links to organizations, agencies and businesses who provide a variety of services to families.
Health Sciences North As a regional resource and referral centre, the Health Sciences North provides hospital-based acute, transitional, rehabilitation and continuing care for over 600,000 residents across northeastern Ontario.
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is committed to making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families. CHEO has established an excellent team of highly qualified personnel, first class treatment, as well as world-renowned research activities to meet the needs of our young patients.
Sick Kids Hospital The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education.
Financial and Family Support
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Through healthcare innovation, survivor care, financial assistance for families, population data, policy development, research and education, POGO has created a highly integrated and seamless pediatric cancer system that supports children and families throughout the spectrum of illness, recovery and survivorship.
Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) CCAC’s are local organizations that can help you access government-funded home care services and long-term care homes. We also help people to navigate the array of community support and health agencies in our communities.
Medications & Pain Management Resources
City of Hope Provides advice in managing your child’s cancer pain. City of Hope is an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening illness.
PubMed PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 17 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
RxList RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs. Founded by pharmacists in 1995, RxList is the premier Internet Drug Index resource.
eCancerTrials A directory of clinical trials and cancer information. eCancerTrials.com is a free and confidential cancer clinical trials matching and referral service provided to cancer patients and their caregivers by leading cancer information specialists at CancerConsultants.com.
National Marrow Donor Program All patients deserve the best possible chance to receive the life-saving transplant they need. Through our Registry, we provide searching patients access to more than 11 million donors and cord blood units around the world.
BMT infonet.org Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT InfoNet) is dedicated to providing transplant patients, survivors and their loved ones with emotional support and high quality, easy-to-understand information about bone marrow, peripheral blood stem cell and cord blood transplants.
General Pediactric Oncology Resources
Canadian Cancer Society We are a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
Children’s Oncology Group (COG) The Children’s Oncology Group provides key information to help support children and their families from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and following cure.
Childhood Cancer Guides Childhood Cancer Guides is a charitable organization whose mission is to serve the childhood cancer community by providing, clear explanations of the various types of childhood cancer, descriptions of state-of-the-art treatments for childhood cancers, emotional support for every member of the family and access to helpful resources.
National Brain Tumor Society National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is a nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for brain tumors. We aggressively drive strategic research, advocate for public policies that meet the critical needs of the brain tumor community, and provide patient information.
Brain Tumour Foundation Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every person in Canada affected by a brain tumour with support, education and information, and funding brain tumour research.
Survivor Stories & Information Resources
Pediatric Oncology Resource Center This resource center was created by and for people who know young people who are recovering from cancer. Most of the contributors to this site are members of the ACOR pediatric cancer mailing lists, especially ped-onc, ped-onc-survivors, and ALL-kids.
Patient-Centered Guides Patient-Centered Guides are a mix of medical, practical and emotional information, grounded in Western medicine, told by people who have been there. The writers and editors in this series have encountered illnesses that have threatened or changed their lives.
Rebounders Canada Rebounders Canada is a grassroots support group for Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer. It was founded and run by survivors aided by a board of directors. Our common experiences enable us to accept and understand each other. Our goal is to help survivors live today to the fullest and to look forward to tomorrow with great anticipation. Our motto is, “thriving, not just surviving”.
Summer Camps Information
(Summer camp information and registration, there are no fees for the camps, only the cost of transportation.)
Camp Quality Canada – North Our Camp is located in a beautiful, serene setting at the west arm of Lake Nipissing in Monetville. Most of the year, the sounds of nature engulf our camp and produce a blissful tranquility typical of the northern wilderness.
Camp Oochigeas (camp Ooch) Camp Oochigeas is much more than a summer camp. Camp Oochigeas offers year-round programs for children affected by childhood cancer at our site in Muskoka, at SickKids Hospital, at our Ooch Downtown facility in Toronto and in the community.
Camp Trillium Camp Trillium operates two sites in Ontario. Oddfellow and Rebekah Island, formerly Garratt ‘s Island (since 1989), near Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, and Rainbow Lake (since 1997) in Waterford. Camp Trillium also travels to ten different Ontario cities, operating Day Camp programs in the summer. Throughout the year, Youth Groups and Trillium in the Community programs are offered in several major centres.
Happy Heads Head wraps for hair loss. Happy Heads is an intricate partnership of finely woven bonds of friendship and family. It seeks to honor the courageous spirit of women everywhere who pull themselves through challenging times with dignity and grace.