OPACC understands the impact that the high cost of hospital parking has on families of children with cancer and for years we have been a leader in advocating for reduced hospital parking rates for parents of children with cancer. We have been interviewed by various media outlets (including the CBC) about this topic, as well as have been consulted by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to inform their hospital parking policy that came into effect in 2016.
The OPACC Hospital Parking Program seeks to relieve some of that financial burden by reimbursing families the cost of one 5-use "H-Pass" (value $50) or equivalent at ANY pediatric oncology treatment centre or satellite centre in Ontario. To learn more please visit http://www.opacc.org/parkingprogram
We need YOUR help to continue funding this program! Hospital parking costs are a huge and unavoidable expense for families, who have no choice but to be at the hospital every single day while their child is a hospital patient. Having more funds available would allow us to reach more families in need! It would also remove some of the current limitations we have had to impose on the program due to our limited budget, such as limiting it to newly diagnosed in-treatment families and limited to one reimbursement per year (vs. as often as needed).
Here are some examples of how your donation can help (ANY amount is greatly appreciated!):
- A donation of $50 would provide a parking pass for 1 family
- A donation of $100 would provide parking passes for 2 families
- A donation of $300 would provide parking passes for 6 families
- A donation of $500 would provide parking passes for 10 families
- A donation of $1,000 would provide parking passes for 20 families
If you select to sponsor this program for one year (either with a one-time donation of $600 or twelve monthly donations of $50), we will be pleased to acknowledge your donation by giving you the option of selecting which community location(s) you would like to sponsor parking for and/or including a flyer with the cheques that are mailed to families acknowledging your sponsorship (we will work with you to design the wording of the flyer, whether it be acknowledging an individual, a family, a group, a business, etc.)
Thank you for your support!