The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) has been collaborating for children with cancer and their families since 1983. POGO ensures that children with cancer in Ontario are given equal access to state-of-the-art cancer care.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the out-of-pocket costs associated with treatment can consume up to 1/3 of an average family’s after tax income. In many cases one parent must give up work in order to care for the ill child and the situation is made even more difficult. POGO’s financial assistance program (POFAP) provides families who require support with reimbursements for funds spent on food while away from home, accommodation when traveling for treatment, and childcare for siblings.