It started 12 years ago when Susan Kerr’s son, Jacob, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Months of treatment followed with endless trips to Vancouver.
What was different about Susan’s experience was her decision to help families who were on the same difficult road.
She started with advocacy trying to work with banks and politicians to raise awareness about the severe financial challenges families faced. This grew into a fledgling program supported by Vancouver based BC Childhood Cancer Parents Association. This program ended in 2016, but the need to expand support for island children and address the many challenges that local families faced continued to grow.
With a small group of volunteers, Susan started again. On Dec. 6, 2016 the Island Kids Cancer Association became a reality.
Our CARE 4 Kids program is designed to give practical help to kids and families wherever they are in the cancer journey.
Now only months into our program, we are excited to share our progress. But this is just the beginning.
We will continue to expand community support for all of our special kids and make sure families know that they are not alone.
In Feb 2017, Susan learned her son had a second cancer. This was a devastating blow to everyone as their lives were turned upside down once again... We are pleased to report that after a difficult year of chemotherapy and an intense 5 hour surgery, Jacob is now finished treatment. He is embarking on a new chapter in his life that consists of post secondary education at UVIC - put on hold while he battled osteosarcoma bone cancer.
Jacob and his family's experience is a stark reminder about why we are here and it motivates us to work hard to make a difference.
Thank you for joining us!