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I know or am related to a child with cancer

How to help and make a difference for a family facing childhood cancer

Supporting a family whose child has cancer takes a village, from grandparents and family to friends and neighbours. Unsure how to help? We’re here for you.

Start by downloading our list of 30 tasks you can do to help families.

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We’re here to support families’ greatest supporters… you

Empowering you

We have a range of information on our website that can help you better understand and support a family throughout their childhood cancer experience.

Supporting you

We help extended family members and friends (adults and children) face the emotional effects of childhood cancer by providing free counselling, social work and more.

Helping you help them

Sometimes, it can be hard to ask for help. Redkite’s mobile app, KiteCrew, is a tool you can use to help a family with the day-to-day tasks that are left behind when they’re focused on their child’s care.

Talk to us

Our friendly support team are here to answer your questions and help you access any support you may need. You can contact us via phone, email or webchat.

Impactful support strengthens social connections, reduces isolation and gives families a far greater chance of coping with their immediate challenge.

Download our list of 30 tasks you can do to help families facing childhood cancer.

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How you can support a family whose child has cancer

Understanding how to give meaningful help is essential to supporting families. These parents share helpful ways their extended family, friends and community supported them through the childhood cancer experience.

Organise support for families facing childhood cancer through the Kitecrew app

Don’t know how to help a family whose child has cancer? Helping with their day-to-day tasks is a great place to start and make a big difference.

KiteCrew is a simple app that organises all the practical help families may need from their support network. From walking the dog, school pickups or doing laundry. This apps schedules daily tasks with a crew of supporters making offering and accepting help simple.

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On treatment

Nate and Rachel’s family story

After Rachel’s son Nate was diagnosed with cancer she felt emotionally distraught for over a year. “I just found social settings way too overwhelming.”

Nate and Rachel’s family story

After Rachel’s son Nate was diagnosed with cancer she felt emotionally distraught for over a year. “I just found social settings way too overwhelming.”

On treatment

Kellee and Tye’ronne: We didn’t know where our next meal was coming from

Tye was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour at 15. Single mum, Kellee shares what the family went through and how Redkite supported them.

Kellee and Tye’ronne: We didn’t know where our next meal was coming from

Tye was diagnosed with an extremely rare brain tumour at 15. Single mum, Kellee shares what the family went through and how Redkite supported them.

Case Studies

JobAccelerator: Practical help to re-enter the workforce

“Having this support for me to re-enter the workforce has just completely changed the trajectory of our family, financially and helped me emotionally and mentally, feeling like I can achieve things again.”

JobAccelerator: Practical help to re-enter the workforce

“Having this support for me to re-enter the workforce has just completely changed the trajectory of our family, financially and helped me emotionally and mentally, feeling like I can achieve things again.”

On treatment

Rachel and Josh: Our community came together to support us

The practical and emotional support Rachel and Josh received from their neighbours and extended community meant they could focus on Nate’s treatment.

Rachel and Josh: Our community came together to support us

The practical and emotional support Rachel and Josh received from their neighbours and extended community meant they could focus on Nate’s treatment.

Vienna’s Dare to Dream story

Vienna used baking as a way to “escape” the stress of chemotherapy, after being diagnosed with a rare blood cancer at 11 years old. Now post-treatment and in her final year of high school, she no longer uses baking to help with chemo but instead to escape the stress of school.

Vienna’s Dare to Dream story

Vienna used baking as a way to “escape” the stress of chemotherapy, after being diagnosed with a rare blood cancer at 11 years old. Now post-treatment and in her final year of high school, she no longer uses baking to help with chemo but instead to escape the stress of school.

Why Pavithra volunteers at Redkite

Pavithra started volunteering with Redkite in September 2023 with our fundraising team. Her role as a volunteer includes calling Redkite supporters and donors to thank them for their ongoing support.  

Why Pavithra volunteers at Redkite

Pavithra started volunteering with Redkite in September 2023 with our fundraising team. Her role as a volunteer includes calling Redkite supporters and donors to thank them for their ongoing support.  

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