Community Event: Caleb’s Cape Breton Kitchen Party

cancer fundraiser in Cape Breton, Caleb's Cape Breton Kitchen Party

One of the most difficult words a parent can ever hear are, “I’m sorry, but your child has been diagnosed with cancer.” Cancer is the number one cause of non-accidental death in Canadian children. But that doesn’t make it any easier. In Cape Breton, we have many young families who are fighting cancer. At our church in North Sydney, we know a few of them. Today, we’re proud to feature a family whose loss didn’t stop them from serving other families affected by cancer.

Here’s the inspiring story of Caleb’s Cape Breton Kitchen Party.

How did Caleb’s Cape Breton Kitchen Party start?

He was one in 100,000—one case of childhood neuroblastoma, that is. But, despite his diagnosis in 2014, Caleb MacArthur never gave up his courageous spirit. And, with the support of his family and friends, he fought cancer every step of the way. In March 2015, three-year-old Caleb went to Heaven. 

But there was more to the story. Touched by the compassion of the staff at Caleb’s home hospital, his parents, Mike and Nicole, decided to start something. They founded the Caleb’s Courage movement to help other families whose children are battling cancer. 

And, in June of 2015, they held the first annual Caleb’s Cape Breton Kitchen Party. There, Cape Bretoners gathered to remember a little boy who loved to dance in the kitchen. Mike and Nicole organized live entertainment, facepainting, and a silent auction.

In 2019, the 5th Annual Kitchen Party will be held this Sunday, June 2nd, from 2-5 pm.


Who benefits from Caleb’s Cape Breton Kitchen Party?

In the first few years of the Kitchen Party, Caleb’s family dedicated funds to renovating the Oncology Palliative Care Pediatrics Room at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Caleb spent many days receiving care in the Pediatrics Room. 

Currently, the Kitchen Party is supporting a fund to help other Cape Breton families who are receiving care locally. It will help provide treatment and resources for local families right here on the Island.


What’s happening at the Kitchen Party this year?

At the 2019 event, here’s what you can expect:

-Live entertainment by talented local musicians, including Kyle and Sheumas MacNeil of the Barra MacNeils, The Forrester Celtic Dancers, Colin Grant, Mike LeLievre, Jordan Musycsyn, Colette Deveaux, Carmen Townsend, Wayne Bedecki, Alton MacKinnon, Crowds Bridge, The Ashbys, Full Circle Band, and more!

-A taco bar and ice cream sundae bar by Flavor on the Water

-Face painting, games, and activities for children (including a visit from some pirates!)

-A silent auction

The 5th Annual Kitchen Party is shaping up to be the biggest and best year so far!


Where can I get more information or get involved?

The best way to help out with the Kitchen Party is to show up! Donations will be accepted at the door. 

For more information, you can call the Cape Breton Regional Health Foundation at 902-567-7752 or send a message to Caleb’s Courage on Facebook.  You can also get more info at the Facebook event page

At our church in North Sydney, we are so proud of Caleb’s family for making a difference in the lives of fellow Capers. Way to go!


Looking for more community events? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

For more information, call 902-304-4707 or email  


Claudine Broussard is a Cape Breton based musician, the social media director of, and coauthor of Seeking Jesus: Stepping Into a Life of Bold Surrender, Freedom, and Deep Joy.