11 years ago, a new baby girl was born in Botswana. Four short years later, retinoblastoma claimed her life. Her name means love, and today, her legacy continues to build hope for other children around the world.
Our Global Rb Scientist, Dr. Helen Dimaras, is leading a major initiative to advance digital pathology consultations at our pathology Lab in Nairobi, thanks to a $100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Canada. The digital RbCoLab will significantly improve care for each child by rapidly identifying their true risk and need for further treatment after their eye has been removed.
I thought I had a fair understanding of the difficulties faced by families whose children have cancer in a developing country, The visit opened my eyes to an entirely different world. Spending time with the families in Fiji really brought home to me the harsh realities of this situation.
Our child life leaders are excited to be bringing child life skills to the children they care for. Their knowledge, vision and dedication will enrich paediatric health care and children’s lives beyond measure.
Two children. The same affliction. Drastically different outcomes. Yet each story represents the most common reality for children with retinoblastoma in these respective parts of the world.
The challenges surrounding eye removal stigma are complex, but our passion to overcome them is stronger. I feel honoured to have a special eye and to be able to use it to help spread the message and save lives.