Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) satellite clinic

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POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) is the official source of advice to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on pediatric cancer care. 

The Provincial Pediatric Oncology Satellite Program works in partnership with chosen community hospital partners to provide aspects of a child’s cancer care in their own community. 

In partnership with POGO, SickKids, McMaster Children's Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, our clinic at Grand River Hospital provides specialized cancer care closer to home. The clinic offers a variety of services including maintenance chemotherapy, transfusions, medication administration and consultation. The clinic is located in the A wing on the third floor of the KW Campus, 835 King Street West in Kitchener. 

For more information, please visit the POGO website (opens in new window). 

A photo of David Clarkson with one of our patients.
David Clarkson with one of our POGO patients.
Clarky’s Kids

In support of children with cancer, the Kitchener Rangers have teamed up with former Ranger and current Columbus Blue Jacket David Clarkson to launch a program called “Clarky’s Kids”. This program gives POGO satellite patients the opportunity to experience a Kitchener Rangers’ game and visit with players and coaches.

Donations and local events benefit the Grand River Hospital satellite clinic as well as the Pediatric Oncology Financial Assistance Program (POFAP). POFAP assists local families by covering some of the costs associated with caring for a child with cancer during their treatment.
For more details on Clarky’s Kids, please contact Michelle Fortin of the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club at 519-576-3700 extension 23, or email her at

To make a donation to Clarky’s Kids, please contact the Grand River Hospital Foundation office at 519-749-4205 or visit the Foundation website (opens in new window).

For details on POFAP (Pediatric Oncology Financial Assistance Program), please contact Susan Portner at 416-592-1232 extension 236 or you can email her at