Our vision is a world Beyond Kids Cancer. As Canada’s leading national charity devoted to fighting childhood cancer, Coast To Coast Against Cancer ensures 100% of receipted donations are invested in improving the survival rate and quality of life of children and their families impacted by cancer.
We raise funds by conducting a series of high quality, memorable, physically challenging, national and regional events that encourage active and healthy lifestyles and engage sponsors, participants, donors and volunteers. From cycling rides to team-building activities, we raise needed funding for worthy childhood cancer charities whose programs support children with cancer and their families.
In 2015, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation (CTCACF) celebrated another successful year, raising and distributing $4,690,000 for deserving childhood cancer charities across Canada! We could not have done this without our amazing sponsors, donors, volunteers and of course, participants.
Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation visited hundreds of communities across the country, engaged over 20,000 participants in our events, worked with hundreds of volunteers and accepted over 75,000 individual donations. We have raised millions of dollars for childhood cancer and we have distributed 100% of all receipted donations to the cancer charities we support across Canada. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families living with and beyond cancer.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2015
2015 was filled with many memorable highlights:
- The 2015 Sears National Kids Cancer Ride team cycled 7000 km from Vancouver to Halifax. The riders and volunteers and crew met and connected with children and their families, inspired hope, learned about the amazing work being done by cancer professional all across Canada, and enjoyed the warmth and comfort offered by the staff, management and customers of Sears Canada and the many other partners who support this incredible effort.
- For twelve years now, Tour For Kids has been raising funds to help kids with cancer just be kids again and enjoy a camp experience. The 2015 Ontario and Alberta events once again brought together a committed community of riders and volunteers, children with cancer and their families
- The Inside Ride and Inside Ride National Tour brought the cause of childhood cancer to the fore with more than 20,000 people – riders, volunteers and organizers – at over 125 events all across Canada, not only raising much needed funds, but creating a groundswell of support for the cause, the kids and the families.
- The amazing Bike For Tykes team of organizers, volunteers and of course spinners, who together achieved another record fundraising and participation milestone, while bringing so much fun, excitement and awareness to downtown Toronto
- Since 2002, Ride For Karen, a Fall cycling classic, has raised funds to send kids with cancer to camp
- And so many other events and fundraising programs, championed by people who are committed to supporting children with cancer and their families: Brampton Rotary Rib N Roll, Fan Expo Breakfast with the Stars, the Toss ’Em Up for Childhood Cancer ring toss tournament, and so many more amazing, uplifting and inspiring events.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
In 2015 we distributed funds to more than fifty childhood cancer organizations all across Canada. These organizations are making a difference for children with cancer: hospitals care for children and conduct research into new treatments and cures for childhood cancer; the childhood cancer camps help kids and their families forget what they’re going through and enjoy just being a kid again; and many organizations that provide the support programs, including financial, to help families when their children are fighting cancer.
$4,690,000 FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST KIDS CANCER
In 2015, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation distributed $4,690,000 to organizations in every province in Canada, from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador, that have committed to helping children with cancer and their families:
- $1,952,000 to the many camp organizations that give children a break from their cancer. These organizations work year-round, at summer camp locations, at city camps and even in the hospitals to help bring the fun and relief of a camp experience to the children who most need it. We are proud to support Camp Trillium, Camp Quality, Camp Oochigeas and Kids Cancer Care Alberta and many other camp organizations
- $1,428,000 to help fund almost twenty organizations in communities across Canada that support children with cancer and their families. This often involves helping families pay the rent or mortgage or other bills when they are unable to work because they are caring for a sick child
- $1,310,000 to fund important pediatric oncology research projects at children’s hospitals all across Canada
- Included in these amounts above, is a $700,000 donation to Toronto Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in support of pediatric oncology research at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (PGCRL) at SickKids. This completes our 5-year, $4 million commitment to SickKids one full year ahead of schedule.
|B.C. Children’s Hospital Fdn.||$108,000|
|BCCCPA – Vancouver||$42,000|
|BCCCPA – Victoria||$20,000|
|Camp Circle O’Friends||$1,000|
|Camp Quality Eastern Ontario||$13,120|
|Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario||$3,142|
|Canadian Cancer Society – BC Yukon||$24,358|
|CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Inc.||$250,000|
|Candlelighters Assoc. of Newfoundland||$15,467|
|Children’s Hospital Fdn of Saskatchewan||$54,000|
|Children’s Hospital of East. Ontario Fdn.||$74,000|
|Emmy Duff Scholarship Foundation||$512|
|Fondation Sur la pointes des pieds||$10,739|
|Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation||$73,000|
|Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre.||$30,222|
|Help A Child Smile||$8,255|
|Hospital for Sick Children Foundation||$673,294|
|Hospital for Sick Children Foundation||$10,000|
|IWK Health Centre Foundation||$75,304|
|Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation||$17,500|
|Kids Cancer Care Alberta||$372,757|
|Kids With Cancer Society||$155,517|
|London Children’s Health Foundation||$52,000|
|McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation||$4,755|
|Northern Ontario Families of Children||$4,025|
|Operation Enfant Soleil||$100,000|
|Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario||$575,000|
|Saskatchewan Cancer Agency||$21,000|
|Southlake Regional Health Centre Fdn.||$22,116|
|Stollery Children’s Hospital||$57,500|
|Team Finn Foundation||$1,000|
|The Hospital for Sick Children||$26,706|
|The Lions Sick Children’s Fund Inc.||$19,506|
|Trillium Health Partners Foundation||$13,066|
|University Hospitals Kingston Foundation||$27,649|
HOW IS THIS IMPACTING CHILDREN WITH CANCER?
The funds raised and distributed by Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation are positively and measurably impacting the lives of children with cancer and their families. Our mission is to fund organizations and programs that;
- Improve the quality of life of children with cancer through programs of support and inclusion such as the camp organizations provide
- Conduct research that results in fewer children being diagnosed with cancer, new drugs and treatment protocols that improve survival rates and diminish the negative health consequences of treatments and improve the long term health prospects of children with cancer
- Assist families with the financial burdens of caring for a child with cancer so that they can recover more quickly, return to their families, friends and schools, healthy in body and spirit, with improved prospects of leading a healthy, satisfying and productive life
Learn more about the impact of the investment in these programs:
- Camp Trillium operates free camp programs that are annually accessed by over 1,000 children living with cancer
- Camp Oochigeas operates in-hospital, in-city and camp programs which in 2015, served 1150 individual patients and provided 8,543 patient experiences to children with cancer
- Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) provided financial assistance to almost 1000 Ontario families in 2015
- Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta hosted over 800 campers and 2600 children through their outreach programs
- SickKids Hospital is a Canadian and global leader in research into pediatric oncology. Read the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation stewardship report from SickKids. You can also read the philanthropic impact report for the Garron Family Cancer Centre. See this helpful infographic about childhood cancer diagnosis, treatment and research.
SO WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY COME FROM?
In 2015, Tour For Kids and the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride each raised more than $1 million, while the Inside Ride and the Inside Ride National Tour raised over $1.5 million. In addition, many passionate champions and advocates of childhood cancer programs organized events such as Bike for Tykes (which raised a record $320,000 toward research at SickKids), the Ride For Karen team, the Fan Expo team with their Breakfast with the Stars event, and many other amazing events.
The vision of Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is a world beyond kids cancer. The reality is that children will continue to be diagnosed with cancer, that parents will continue to be told “You child has cancer”. To help children and parents navigate through this maelstrom of pain, suffering, stress and strain, we remain committed to our mission of improving the quality of life and health outcomes of children living with and beyond cancer. Our goal is to ensure that every child with cancer and their families all across Canada have access to the programs and support that help them through their journey.
As a fundraising organization, we raise funds which in turn are distributed to organizations that deliver childhood cancer support and research programs. The three core areas that we fund are: 1) childhood cancer research conducted at children’s hospitals and childhood cancer research centres, 2) quality of life programs such as camps, for children and their families, and 3) family support programs that help offset some of the financial burdens faced by families with children with cancer.
As such these are our goals:
2016/2017 – New fundraising programs and increased funding
During 2016 we are investing in new fundraising programs that will drive additional fundraising in existing regions and new fundraising in new regions. Overall, our goal is to increase funding of programs to over $5 million in 2017. We will also modify our staffing model so that Board members and staff will be more involved with pediatric oncology research committees. This will provide us with a clearer understanding of where increased gift giving can impact the health outcomes of children with cancer.
2018 – Expand fundraising and program funding into new regions of Canada
Our mid-term goal is to drive existing and new fundraising programs in other major regions of Canada such and British Columbia, Alberta and the Maritimes. This will result in program funding across these regions that will more closely relate to population distributions. This means that a key goal is to increase fundraising in these regions by $500,000 or 50% over 2016 (estimated at $1 million in 2016) and increase program funding in those regions by similar amounts. An additional mid-term goals is to bring our program funding in balance: 33% for research; 33% for quality of life; and 33% for family support.
2021 – National coverage will enable support for every child in Canada
Our long-term goal is to be established as a national leader in fundraising and childhood cancer program funding all across Canada. Our 2021 goal is to raise over $10 million and to support childhood cancer programs in every region in Canada. This is an increase of more than 100% over 2015 program funding. This will ensure that every child and family in Canada that faces cancer will be supported, will have access to the best treatment and will have every opportunity for the best quality of life during and following treatment.
Our Volunteers and Sponsors make it possible for us to achieve our commitment to distribute 100% of receipted donations. We strive to advance both our volunteer and sponsor programs to ensure that we can continue to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Expanding our sponsorship base, especially at the Foundation level, is critical for our sustainability and continued operation at the national level.
On behalf of the 10,000 families across Canada living with childhood cancer, we thank everyone who has contributed. You are making a difference.