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Jenna's Memorial Fund, Helping Kids with Cancer
 
Created in loving memory of Jenna Lang

 

As Jenna discovered, young people get cancer too...but through your support, a difference can be made in the lives of children, and their families, who are coping with childhood cancer.  Jenna’s family created Jenna’s Memorial Fund in honour of Jenna and her brave and courageous battle against cancer and through your donations, like Jenna, you can show you care about others and that you want to help.

 

In the national capital region, more than one child per week will be diagnosed with cancer. While many will survive, 1 in 5 will not.

 

The impact on families is devastating, as they deal with the emotional roller coaster of treatments and tests, good days and bad.  Life takes on a whole new meaning.  Childhood cancer does not discriminate and can affect any child at any time, regardless of age, race, religion, socio-economic background or culture.  Why?  No one really knows, but what is known is that families of children with cancer have a myriad of unique needs. 

 

It is estimated that out-of-pocket costs associated with caring for a critically ill child is about 1/3 of a families after tax income.  No parent should be faced with having to choose between going to work or being with their child who is battling cancer.  But many do.  The financial reality is, bills need to be paid, groceries need to be bought, and mortgage payments come up every month.  Just because your child has cancer shouldn’t mean having to endure financial hardship that can last long after cancer treatment is over. 

 

Jenna’s Memorial Fund was created to help these families in crisis.  Donations to Jenna’s Memorial Fund will go directly to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs (“Candlelighters” - Candlelighters Childhood Support Programs) who, as the Lang family discovered, is a valuable organization to families with children who have cancer.  This organization offers many programs and services to both the kids who have cancer as well as assisting to alleviate both the emotional and financial stresses that the families deal with on a daily basis.  For example, Candlelighters make mortgage and rent payments on behalf of families, they pay utility bills, and even provide laptop computers through their CyberKids program to a child/youth being treated for cancer.  Jenna’s Memorial Fund will help fund the Patient Amenities Program within Candlelighters. This program provides financial assistance to families in a crisis situation where other funds are not available.  This fund help families with things like parking at the hospital, medications not covered by OHIP or other insurance plans, child care for siblings, gas and other traveling expenses to get to hospital for every appointment, treatment and visit.

 

Jenna loved to travel and meet new people but she also loved to help other kids who had just received that devastating news “you have cancer”.  Jenna even wanted to work in the oncology department of CHEO so she could continue to help kids such as herself. She figured since she had gone through everything personally, that she could really help these kids. Now what a beautiful way to honour Jenna's memory and help her family fulfil her dreams …. Jenna’s Memorial Fund can travel the world via the internet and then people from all over the world can continue to support her desire to help kids with cancer.

 

In Jenna’s memory, YOU can help families who need your support during what is likely the most difficult time of their lives.  YOU can make a difference; YOU can have a positive impact.  You can help these families by donating to Jenna’s Memorial Fund… it’s easy and it’s the right thing to do.  If you wish to donate online, just click on the donate button and you will be taken to Jenna’s Memorial Fund donation page (note - all donations submitted online will immediately receive an charitable tax receipt via e-mail). 

 

If you prefer to donate by mail, please send a cheque payable to “Candlelighters – Jenna’s Memorial Fund” to:

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs Inc.

Jenna’s Memorial Fund

9-21 Concourse Gate

Ottawa, Ontario  K2E 7S4 (Canada)

(Note - donations of $10.00 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt)
 

Please also take the time to join and "like" Jenna's Memorial Fund on Facebook (or simply click on right hand Facebook link).


Thank You! Your support is very appreciated.

 

Jenna’s Memorial Fund, Helping Kids with Cancer

In loving memory of Jenna Lang
 


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