SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

University of Calgary

September 22, 2015 10:00 ET

Nursing research in childhood cancer looks at emotional impacts of the disease

Kids Cancer Care's $1 Million gift creates the Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 22, 2015) - In Canada, childhood cancer remains responsible for more deaths from one year through adolescence than any other disease; more deaths than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.

A $1 million gift from the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta to the University of Calgary's Faculty of Nursing will establish the Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care.

The first of its kind in Canada, the chair will focus on psychosocial oncology, a subspecialty that addresses the impact of cancer beyond the disease itself, such as strained marital and familial relationships, employment and financial difficulties, stress management and emotional exhaustion -- experiences that are typically overshadowed by the cancer, its treatment and prognosis.

"This is the first chair in the Faculty of Nursing that is completely externally funded," says Dianne Tapp, dean, Faculty of Nursing. "We are grateful to Kids Cancer Care for this amazing gift and their continued partnership in improving the quality of life for children and their families who are in the midst of this crisis."

Nancy Moules is the inaugural Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care. A licensed Registered Nurse as well as an award-winning scholar, teacher and researcher, Moules is widely-recognized for leading innovative research in this field.

Moules acknowledges the significant impact natural science research has had on reducing mortality rates, decreasing side effects, developing new cures and saving lives. "Numbers are great, necessary and useful but there is a story they don't tell," says Moules. "The research we do speaks to experiences such as the worries and efforts of grandparents, the impact on the parental relationship, the experiences of boyfriends and girlfriends of adolescents with cancer, the impact of kids cancer camps, just to name a few."

This gift is the second major gift the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta has made to children's cancer research. In the last 15 years, the charitable organization has awarded more than $10 million in research funding to University of Calgary cancer researchers and students.

"I couldn't be happier than to see this research chair established and to see it go to Nancy Moules," says Christine McIver, founder and chief executive officer of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. "Nancy is a gifted and respected researcher and as with many nurses, she is filled with compassion for the children and families she serves. Her research and expertise will not only help nurses but will help all health care practitioners to better understand the needs of families."

WHAT: Announcement of Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Family and Child Cancer Care
WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:30a.m.
WHERE: Husky Oil Great Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary
For location and parking, please visit the UCalgary website.
WHO: Nancy Moules, Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Family and Child Cancer Care
Christine McIver, founder and CEO, Kids Cancer Care
Dianne Tapp, Dean, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.’

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About Kids Cancer Care
One of a handful of charities in North America, dedicated to fighting childhood cancer on all fronts, Kids Cancer Care reaches out to families at diagnosis and provides programs and support throughout treatment and beyond. To this end, Kids Cancer Care provides programs and funding in three key areas: 1) Camp and Outreach; 2) Research and Hospital; and 3) Educational Support and Scholarships. Kids Cancer Care is also the founder and proud partner of the Big Book of Care, a Canadian wide awareness initiative made up of 17 children’s cancer groups, dedicated to raising awareness, funds and support during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month each September. kidscancercare.ab.ca and bigbookofcare.org.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts

    Karen Cook
    Senior Manager, Communications, Faculty of Nursing
    University of Calgary
    W: 403.220. 4361
    C: 403. 869.1970
    kcook@ucalgary.ca

    Gail Corbett
    Communications Manager
    Kids Cancer Care
    W: 403.984.1221
    C: 403.607.5565
    corbett@kidscancercare.ab.ca