Every 85 minutes, a child dies from curable eye cancer.
Almost all of these children (7,000 every year), live in economically less developed countries, where awareness and access to timely, appropriate medical care is very limited.
Retinoblastoma is highly curable. 96% of children treated in developed countries survive. However, most have one eye surgically removed to protect their life, and some lose both eyes. Many children whose eyes are saved suffer severe or complete loss of sight that is irreversible.
The Paris Charter
In 2000, the Charter of Paris was adopted during the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium. The Charter calls for
“an invincible alliance – between researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, governments, industry and media – to fight cancer and its greatest allies, which are fear, ignorance and complacency.”
Many precious young lives and sight will be saved by increasing awareness, access to existing treatments, evidence based care and compassionate family support.
We are committed to bringing the promise of life and sight to every child with retinoblastoma, and ending needless suffering from this cancer throughout life.
Every child deserves the best opportunities to overcome cancer, and to have a good quality of life beyond cure or when cure is not possible. We bring those opportunities to children and adult survivors around the world by
Educating the public and primary health workers about retinoblastoma to achieve early diagnosis and rapid referral to specialist care;
Empowering the medical community to deliver sustainable high quality evidence-based care that gives each child and adult survivor the best possible opportunities;
Enabling family support programs that reduce practical, emotional, financial and social burdens and improve access to essential care.
We work from grassroots to national level, empowering communities and medical teams to vault many different challenges so each child can receive best possible care. We encourage families, survivors, the international eye care and cancer communities, imaging industry, health care policymakers and researchers to be active leaders in developing high quality sustainable care.
We unite and inspire our supporters worldwide to champion every child’s right to special protection, quality medical care and good health, survival and dignity, love and understanding.
With your help, we can ensure the needs of every child with retinoblastoma, every survivor, and their family are met. With your help, we are creating a bright future for all affected by childhood eye cancer, and with your help, we will reach a day when no one suffers needlessly because of this highly curable cancer.