Our Story

Giving families the gift of being present when it matters most.

Carie Stock

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Cancer families are scared, uncertain, angry, putting on a brave face, grabbing onto hope, and trying to do everything they can to put one foot in front of the other. It’s difficult to balance and merge your old life with this new scary hospital life.

When I’m connecting to cancer families who have been referred to us, I am instantly transported back to life at the hospital. The lights, the smell, the sounds of machines, busy nurses and doctors in their white lab coats. When I was 13 months old I was diagnosed with a rare tumor called Rhabdomyosarcoma. It was the size of a grapefruit and was located in my abdomen. I was given only a 10% chance of surviving. My Mom was a single parent and pregnant at the time. On a moment’s notice, our lives were turned upside down. The years following brought not only stress but also huge financial hardship.

I can’t rewrite the past, I can’t make it better for my Mom, but what I can do is take what I learned from my own experience and use that knowledge to make it easier for cancer families whose lives are unfolding in this daunting chapter. We can’t change the outcome, but we can impact the journey and help make it a little bit lighter.

Carie Stock, Founder of Helping Families Handle Cancer

 

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to alleviate financial stress for families in a redemptive manner that allows them to focus on the medical care and well being of their family during a childhood cancer diagnosis.

Our Mission

We provide financial relief to families who are journeying a childhood cancer diagnosis. This support allows the family to focus on the medical care their child needs and helps to alleviate the financial burdens that occur during their medical crisis.

Our Vision

To alleviate financial hardship and the associated mental strains through the timely provision of much-needed financial support. Our vision is to become the primary charity supporting families who have a child with cancer in treatment at children’s hospitals across Canada.

Staff & Board of Directors

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Carie Stock

Executive Director/Founder of Helping Families Handle Cancer

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Erin Goddard

Coordinator- Events and Donations of Helping Families Handle Cancer

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Heather Roy

Heather Roy

Grant Writer of Helping Families Handle Cancer

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Alex Duica

Board Chair

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Miles Nixon

Board Treasurer

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Greg Hatch

Board Vice Chair

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Kendra-Mae Brost

Board Member

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Van Bui

Board Member

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Shelby Stewart

Board Member

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