|Kids living with cancer||10,000|
|Amount Donated (in 2018)||$3 Million|
|Event Participants (in 2018)||15,500|
|Total Raised and Distributed (as of 2018)||Over $50 million|
In 2018, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation (CTCACF) celebrated another successful year, raising and distributing $3,000,000 for deserving childhood cancer charities across Canada! We could not have done this without our amazing sponsors, donors, volunteers and of course, participants.
We are delighted to report that, despite record rainfall in July, we have completed another remarkable summer at Camp Kindle. Thanks to the support from Coast to Coast Against Cancer through the Tour for Kids Alberta ride along with other generous donors, we have seen a steady increase in the number of children and families who have enjoyed one of our camp programs over the past several years. Please note that our Calgary SunRise campers are not included in the 2016 totals as they did not spend an overnight at camp this year. Your investment in our camp programs this year has had significant impact.
Hi Jeff, and the Coast to Coast Against Cancer team!
I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are all ringing in the new year with optimism and joy! I wanted to take a moment to say thank you, once again, for your continued support. As you know, there are about 12,000 families affected by childhood cancer in Canada today, and your help has enabled Camp Quality Canada to serve more and more of them! There are about 5,000 of those families in Ontario alone, so your commitment to us, as well as our friends at Trillium and Oochigeas, reminds us that we are not riding alone. In fact, your support has been instrumental in helping us see ourselves as members of an amazing team with a shared mission to support kids and rebuild families who have been hit by this truck we call cancer.
Over the past year, in addition to running 7 weeks of camp, CQ has been spending a lot of time restructuring our organization. We found that we just couldn’t grow without a change in how we see ourselves and how we work with those around us. We did a needs assessment and found some great people and resources to help guide us through the process. It’s been a truly eye-opening experience and in the end, we’ve restructured, added a few key staff, reconfigured our governance model, and mapped out a four year plan to continually improve our programs and reach more kids. Through our assessment, speaking with families, and listening to kids, we’ve also established a new set of success criteria for all of our programs, and have been rolling this out across our camps.
The road ahead will not be easy. With most our camps already at capacity, we will need to do a lot to be able to accommodate more kids. Our four year goal is to more than double to number of kids at CQ camps across Canada. For this year, that means we’ll be busy working on the following things:
• Moving our Southern Ontario camp to a larger location in Simcoe County at YMCA Camp Cedar Glenn. This will allow us to take on about 40 more campers in 2017!
• Reaching out to more families who live in northern Ontario who don’t have the same access to programs and resources as families in the south.
• Launching a new Adolescent and Young Adult leadership program designed to give young survivors the tools they need to not only survive beyond cancer, but to be awesome Canadians as well. We will be working more with POGO’s SAVTI program on this multi-year endeavour, which culminates in young adults leading a self-funded adventure to help make Canada an even better place.
• Redesigning our educational puppet theatre program, which engages elementary students in understanding what it means to be a real friend to someone who’s sick, disabled or different
• Adding more, year-round, family camp programs in the regions we serve.
As you can tell, we’re excited to continue with our holistic approach to helping kids with cancer by making them stronger, both inside and out, and by making those around them stronger as well.
We’re excited that you have continued to work with us for so long, and look forward to your support in 2017 as we do even more to turn life’s challenges into adventures.
We have been thinking about an event over the last few months and would love to chat with you about it sometime soon if you have the time. We’d also love to get your thoughts on how we might be able to help make Tour for Kids even better for 2017. I’m not sure of your availability over the next few weeks, but I’d love to find a time to take you for lunch, or bring you a coffee!
All the very best,
Camp Quality Canada
T: 416.406.2267 C:416.471.6226 TF: 1.866.738.8011
1444 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON M4L 1E1
“We as a family enjoyed Camp Trillium Rainbow Lake, for many years and it helped us through a tough time with our son Alexander who was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 2. We didn’t know how we would make it but Alexander’s special friend said something that has lived with us for over 20 years, ‘No one knows what tomorrow will hold but now you have 100 new friends to help make every day better.’ The 100 friends grew over the years. I am very proud to tell you that Alexander is now 23 years old and finishing up his Bachelor of Education.”
Very proud parent, camper, and donor Jonathan
I look forward to the end of the year because we hear from our many supporters and families who tell us why camp is so important to them. All of us have come together in 2016 to ensure that every child diagnosed in the province of Ontario and their families has a special place to come to get away from cancer treatment and its lifelong effects. I haven’t heard from Jonathan in a few years and then this new year we heard how well Alexander is doing. I can tell you 20 years ago no one knew what Alexander’s future held and now he will be teaching future generations.
Your gift of $738,080.53 makes all the difference. You supported 8 camps this year. 1 family camps at Rainbow Lake, 1 family camp at Our Island, 2 central camps, 1 southwestern camp, 1 eastern camp, 2 winter camps and half of a ropes course. Your gift is 1/4 of our operations annually and a huge part Camp Trillium this year and for the past 11 years.
Words are never enough to thank the people that put their hearts and souls into organizing, raising funds for and riding in Tour for Kids but always know that your efforts are never taken lightly and that we appreciated everything you, your volunteers and staff do.
2016 was a challenge for everyone. I know that you dug deep for the level of support we received this year and we all have to work together to make Tour for Kids, Tour D’Epicure and Ride for Karen successful in 2017.
Director of Fundraising
In 2018 we distributed funds to 38 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.
In 2018, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation distributed over $3.05m 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:
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;
Learn more about the impact of the investment in these programs:
In 2018, 3 of our 4 flagship events raised over $2 million for these incredible programs across Canada. In addition, many passionate champions and advocates of childhood cancer programs organized events such as Bike for Tykes (which raised a record $424,100 in is final year) 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:
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 our 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.