What is SSPedi? (Child-friendly version)

When children are treated with chemotherapy or medicine for their cancer, there is a chance that they may develop many symptoms, including tiredness, nausea, pain or changes in appetite because of this treatment. We have developed an app on an iPad that children with cancer can use to tell their doctors and nurses about how they are feeling. It has been called SSPedi. SSPedi has 15 short questions that ask about how much a symptom is bothering a child. The SSPedi app has some important features to make sure it is easy for children to use: there is audio for children that would like to have SSPedi read aloud to them and also a help menu for children that would like more description on each SSPedi item. At the end of SSPedi, children can add any other things that have been bothering them lately. There is also a fun dog in the app that gives instructions on how to use SSPedi.

We are still working on finishing the SSPedi app and are testing it to make sure it is a really good way to measure symptoms and how children with cancer are feeling. Once we know SSPedi is a good way to measure symptoms, we hope that children with cancer can use SSPedi to communicate about their symptoms so that doctors and nurses can treat them quickly. We hope SSPedi can help improve the quality of life for children with cancer.

Short bio of Lillian 

Dr. Lillian Sung is a Senior Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children and a Pediatric Oncologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Sung’s research program hopes to find ways to improve quality of life for children receiving treatment for cancer.

A message from the Sung team:

“Without the support of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Pedal for Hope and all the amazing families and school children who help to fund-raise, we would not be able to continue our research in helping to improve quality of life for pediatric cancer patients – THANK YOU ALL! You are all making a real difference in the lives of children living with cancer”

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

Robert Nesta Marley


Children at participating schools contribute to fundraising efforts through a variety of events


Monies raised by Pedal for Hope are going directly to pediatric cancer research.


Teaching kids about other kids who are just like them but who are  living with cancer.


Pedal for Hope helps children with cancer know that they are not alone in their fight.


Pedal For Hope is a three week cycling tour delivering a message about kids living with cancer and supporting Pediatric Cancer Research.

In 2005, the Peterborough Chapter of Cops for Cancer took on a new identity. The Pedal for Hope Cycling Team was born and local children fighting cancer had a new support team behind them! Local police personnel, a retired N.H.L. hockey player and a great crew of support personnel have been dedicating time to this worthy cause. Starting in late April, the Pedal for Hope team cycles throughout Central Ontario visiting approximately 50 local schools delivering a message about kids living with cancer and raises funds for pediatric cancer research. As of now, Pedal for Hope has raised over $4 million dollars for pediatric cancer research.



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