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Welcome to World Eye Cancer Hope

Retinoblastoma is an aggressive eye cancer affecting babies and young children.  It kills 7,000 youngsters each year, and blinds many more.

The most common early sign of childhood eye cancer is a white glow in the pupil of the affected eye.  The cancer is easy to diagnose and when treated early, is very curable.

Suffering and death is highest in developing countries, where most affected children live and timely access to specialist cancer care is limited.  In developed countries, cure is above 96%, but most children experience moderate, severe or complete vision loss.  Globally, children, families and survivors experience significant emotional trauma.

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In Your Country

Join Us at One Rb World in Hawaii, October 15-17, 2024!

A pink banner with the words “save the date” spans the top of the image. Diamond Head in Honolulu is bathed in light, under a slightly cloudy blue sky. The One Rb World logo includes a pink flower for Hawaii. Text reads: One Retinoblastoma World, Honolulu, Hawaii | October 15-17, 2024

WE C Hope USA is hosting the 7th One Retinoblastoma World meeting, October 15-17 in Honolulu, Hawaii, right before the 56th World Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology.  Please join us!

Uniting parents, survivors, medical professionals and scientists from around the wortd, we share knowledge and experience,  build community, and collaborate to advance acute and lifelong care, and access to care, for all.  Kids have their own One Rb World Child Life program of activities too!

Read more and register for this unique event!

WE C Hope for all children with eye cancer, families & survivors.


Baby with one white pupil and one red pupilIncreasing access to specialist care will bring the promise of life and sight to every child, and improved life-long health to survivors. This is our mission. We:

  • Educate the public and medical community about retinoblastoma to achieve early diagnosis and rapid referral to specialist care
  • Empower medical teams to deliver sustainable high quality evidence-based care for affected children and adult survivors.
  • Enable family support programs that reduce practical and emotional burdens and improve access to essential care

A Glint or a Squint Could Be Your Hint of Eye Cancer!!


A baby boy looks at the camera. his right eye shows a white reflex while his left eye is turned in towards his nose.

Strabismus (turned eye) and leukocoria (white pupil), the most common signs of retinoblastoma, can also occur in healthy eyes.  Being aware of these signs and seeking medical care early saves children’s lives and sight.

Prompt investigation of all signs and symptoms is vital to diagnose childhood eye cancer early. Timely diagnosis provides the best opportunity to save a child’s life and sight.  Find out more about the signs and symptoms.

Buy WE C Hope Merch and More at our TeePublic Store


Wear your care for our retinoblastoma community with branded apparel, caps, bags, mugs, and much more.  Use our unique link, and a portion of your entire side-wide purchase benefits WE C Hope –  including thousands of unique designs.

Find out how you can help expand our range of designs, and sport your support for awareness, medical care and support for all, for life! Learn more and visit our TeePublic store today.

 

Support Kids During Needle Related Procedures


Kenyan Child Life Specialist, Jayne Kamau, distracts a young patient with a meteor shower toy while a nurse inserts an IV in her hand.

Only 5% of children have support for immunization needle pain. Seriously ill children experience many needle related procedures, rarely with adequate pain support. But pain and distress can be managed and reduced.

Visit our Needle Related Procedures guide to find supports for children of all ages.  Parents, ask how to manage your child’s pain. Healthcare providers, please give parents options. Learn how to make needles easier and safer for everyone.

WE C Hope Blog

Mile High Moments at the Denver Retinoblastoma Family Weekend

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Fifty retinoblastoma patients, survivors, and their family members joined World Eye Cancer Hope USA in February for three days of connection and fun in Colorado’s capital. Marissa D. Gonzalez, President and Founding Board Member or WE C Hope USA, shares highlights from the weekend, and why these gatherings are so important to our community.
On a marine-blue background, large bold yellow-gold text reads "WE C Hope". The letter “P” in the word “hope” is formed by a bright gold ribbon – this is the central feature of the entire image. Below, smaller text reads "For every child, survivor, and family living with childhood eye cancer". The website wechope.org is included at the bottom in the smallest text.

Solidarity, Strength, and Synergy: The Gold Ribbon and the Global Fight Against Childhood Cancer

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The gold ribbon is the unifying symbol of childhood cancer. Worldwide, it celebrates the victory of each life saved, honours the memory of every precious child lost, and shines with hope of cure for all children. WE C Hope CEO, Abby White, explains four key reasons we support the gold ribbon campaign, and shares new gold ribbon merch designs you can buy to support our retinoblastoma community.
Marissa wears a pistachio green sundress and smiles broadly. The background is a beach scene with blue ocean under a clear sky and people sitting in chairs under deep blue parasols.NYT Pic

Beyond Retinoblastoma: Celebrating Cancer Survivorship; Advocating Lifelong Care

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At seventeen months old, Marissa Gonzalez was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma – the first turning point in her lifelong journey with this cancer syndrome.  Today, as President of WE C Hope USA, she celebrates 32 years free from eye cancer, and shares the latest chapter of her cancer survivorship story, with two appeals to all in our community.
Three sets of eyes represent different ethnic groups, each labelled with their respective ethnicity. The “White” eyes show bright red reflex, the “Asian” eyes display a yellowish reflex, and the 'Black' eyes have a creamy-white reflex. These colours are visible in the pupils of the eyes.

The Arclight and Fundal Reflex Test: Shining the Light on Retinoblastoma

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Screening children’s eyes with the Fundal “Red” Reflex is key to early detection of retinoblastoma, but until recently, it was difficult to deliver in many countries. Dr Andrew Blaikie, ophthalmologist and clinical lead for the Arclight Project at the University of St Andrews, describes the importance of this simple exam, and how the Arclight improves eye health access and outcomes for children with eye cancer around the world.

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A baby has one red pupil and one white pupul - the classic early sign of eye cancer in children.

Know The Glow!

Learn about the most common early sign of childhood eye cancer – a white reflection in the pupil, seen in dim light and flash photos. Find out how to take photos to check for signs of serious eye disease in children.

Parents & Survivors

3. Sera is smiling as she holds up a large model eye in a space filled with greenery. She has medium-toned skin, her braided hair is decorated with small white beads, and she wears a long-sleeved light pink top.

Find Hope

We offer the Retinoblastoma Resource to supplement information provided by your medical team, answer questions and concerns about all aspects of life with Rb, increase understanding and share hope.

Family & Friends

How You Can Help

Forget “let me know if I can do anything to help”! Carefully considered and offered support will be truly valued.  We have many suggestions from parents that have brought families relief, joy and hope.

Give Hope

Sun reflects gold on Daisy's hair as she smiles and laughs while clutching a big bunch of daisies.

Help Change Lives!

There are so many ways you can help us bring hope of cure and better quality of life to children with eye cancer, families and survivors.  Donate online now, or become a fundraising angel. Together, WE C Hope!

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