WHAT WE DO
WE CLOSE THE GAP BETWEEN HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Moms with cancer have limited childcare relief options. There is no free in-home childcare program for mothers with cancer provided by the healthcare system. Few hospitals or cancer treatment centres provide onsite childcare facilities. Many women refuse to take their children to these facilities due to a fear of infection or the need to leave them totally unsupervised for hours at a time. Some mothers face the added worry of being alert and well enough to escort their children home safely following treatment—and then fighting illness and exhaustion once they arrive home.
For many families the only option available is paid childcare but because many families lose income due to extended absences from work, their ability to afford childcare during treatment and recovery does not exist. NAN’s free childcare helps families impacted by income loss and NAN offers mothers the peace of mind knowing their children are in good hands and provides an opportunity to get the care and rest they need to recover.
NAN GIVES MOTHERS AND CHILDREN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
During a Nanny Angel visit children receive undivided attention from a trained caregiver who helps them cope with their mother’s diagnosis. Children are entertained, stimulated and encouraged to share their feelings in a safe space. For children who have anger issues, anxiety, or difficulties dealing with their mom’s illness, Nanny Angels provide extra help and support. Often in this high stress environment our angels are the only smiling faces a child encounters.
NAN IS AN AMBASSADOR OF CANCER PREVENTION EDUCATION
Statistics show that 90% of all cancers are curable in the very early stages. Our program offers volunteers helpful information about cancer prevention and healthy lifestyle, and can help women detect cancer at an early stage. Over 500 nannies have been trained in cancer awareness education and are committed to peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.
NAN ACTIVELY RAISES FUNDS TO HELP SUPPORT MOTHERS WITH CANCER
NAN’s Angels Spread Their Wings initiative is a long-term fundraising effort to help support moms in the GTA and expand our services to other Canadian communities. We reach out to community partners and individuals to raise funds so we can:
- Spread the word by generating awareness at hospitals, healthcare support networks and in the media.
- Spread the knowledge by educating volunteers and families on how to cope with the cancer journey, including recovery and bereavement, in a constructive and positive way.
- Spread the joy by promoting a healthy and generous volunteer spirit in the communities we touch.