Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer Launches “Sharing Hope” Book

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Book Showcases Stories and Photos of Children with Cancer and Offers Hope to Families Going Through a Childhood Cancer Journey

Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC) has released a new book called “Sharing Hope” that showcases the stories of thirty-seven families dealing with childhood cancer, at all stages of their journey. The paperback book highlights stories and photos showing what hope looks like from the many vantage points of families who have been affected by childhood cancer. The families who have contributed to this volume have chosen to include themselves to honor their children and their inspiring stories; on every page, the families included in the book want to show others that, no matter what, they are smiling, hopeful, loving, and persevering. The book was done in collaboration with The Smiling Eyes Project, a non-profit group of professional photographers that offers complimentary photo shoots to individuals and families affected by cancer.

The book is being distributed free of charge to families of children with cancer through OPACC’s Parent Liaison program and drop-in support groups at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as well as through affiliated community support groups. The paperback book is also available for purchase online on OPACC’s website http://www.opacc.org for $25.00 CDN. Every purchase helps OPACC provide free books and supports to the families that we service.

Contact Information:
James Thomson, Community Engagement and Resource Development Coordinator, 705-828-7965, info(at)opacc(dot)org


Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer (OPACC) was established in 1995 and is comprised of representatives from parent groups, parent contacts, and other family members from across the province. Our members are parents, guardians, survivors, or close relatives of a child/teen diagnosed with childhood cancer. We have been a Registered Charity since 2006. OPACCs overall goal is to be the parent voice for families with children diagnosed with cancer across the Province of Ontario. OPACC’s primary focus in helping these families is by establishing Parent Liaison professionals in the paediatric oncology treatment centres in Ontario. These Parent Liaison professionals are parents who have already undertaken a childhood cancer journey and understand the impact a diagnosis has on the entire family.

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The Smiling Eyes Project is a non-profit group of professional photographers offering complimentary photo shoots to people/families facing cancer’s fight or victory.

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