As fun as our hospital staff try to make it, sometimes you just a little something more to make life a bit brighter during this time. That’s where we come in. We provide “FUN” days out for our families like go-karting, rock climbing, hockey games, and aquarium sleepovers, just to name a few, to help put smiles back on those faces. For those families that are on the wards, we host pizza days and bring other events to them so that they are also included!
For our teens, we have something a little different and a little more awesome!
Teen Adventures is an outdoor program lasting 1-4 days for teens ages of 13-18 years old, who are diagnosed with cancer or blood disorder and their siblings. On these adventures teens may go surfing, salmon fishing, whale watching, white rafting, dog sledding and so much more!
We have partnered with some incredible excursion specialists like Power-to-Be, to provide unique outdoor experiences for teens. We also have amazing medical staff and support staff accompanying our teens on these trips.
These adventures are so much more than a simple camping trip. Isolation during and post-treatment is one of the most prominent feelings that teens and young adult say they experience during their cancer journey. These events combat isolation by giving the teens the opportunity to connect with each other outside of the hospital environment and help build a community of support for themselves.
The smiles we help create through these programs makes everything we do totally worth it.
A message from our Parent Patient Advocate
It has been my privilege to be involved with Balding for Dollars in the capacity of a parent, volunteer, past administrator, and now as the Patient/Parent Advocate for Oncology/Hematology here at BC Children’s Hospital. I work side by side with the psychosocial team at BC Children’s and other regional hospitals to help support families with FUN and informative programming such as Teen and Family Adventures to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families. I am grateful to our volunteers and our very generous donors who have supported Balding for Dollars in the past and in the future years to come. ~ Suzanne Dunbar
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