Dublin Convention Centre was lit up gold every night during the SIOP World Congress, celebrating the childhood cancer gold ribbon.

Alfred Knudson Memorial Session

A special session at the 2016 World Congress of Paediatric Oncology was hosted in memoriam of Alfred G. Knudson, Jr., MD, PhD, who died in July. Knudson developed his “two-hit hypothesis” after years of observing children with retinoblastoma, and this now forms the backbone of cancer genetics. The session focused on most effective staging for retinoblastoma, identifying and treating high risk children.

SIOP Welcome Signs

SIOP World Congress 2016

The International Society of Paediatric Oncology World Congress promotes a holistic approach to care. Through a unique collaboration of multiple diverse organizations, the program embraces almost every element of childhood cancer care and survivorship. Dublin hosted an inspired SIOP 2016 congress, October 19-22, a global village with a united voice and energy for all children and their families.

One Retinoblastoma World, Dublin 2016 – Part 2

Dublin, Day 2 of One Retinoblastoma World 2016, a global meeting of highly committed retinoblastoma advocates. Focused on best care for everyone, we discussed common sense primary treatment and the pros and cons of eye salvage for child and eye, building effective care in developing countries, innovations for global care, and the pathway to progress for our global community.

Rachel Brennan

One Retinoblastoma World, Dublin 2016 – Part 1

The land of 100,000 welcomes warmly greeted our global childhood eye cancer community in October. Dublin enthusiastically hosted One Retinoblastoma World 2016, before the world congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology. A meeting of highly committed doctors, parents, survivors, researchers and advocates from six continents, focused on best care for everyone affected by retinoblastoma.

Rati with her new eye during treatment in Canada.

Rati’s Hope-filled Legacy, Ten Years On

Today we celebrate Rati, the beautiful, bright, bubbly butterfly who came so briefly into our lives, changed us all so dramatically and inspired the foundation of WE C Hope. Ultimately, expert care came too late and we could not save her life. Rati had plans of her own though. She taught us to see and hear and understand the needs of families like her own, and she challenged us to do something to help change their experience of retinoblastoma.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" - MLK Jr.

Top 10 Rarely Discussed Subjects in Retinoblastoma

Retinoblastoma is a complex childhood cancer with significant impacts during treatmet and beyond, often continuing throughout life. What are the least discussed subjects in Rb research and care? Why do they matter, and how can research in these areas improve care and quality of life? Rb Survivor, Abby White explores 10 varied topics affecting patients, survivors, and family members at different stages of life.

We Are One artwork: Centre text panel surrounted by B&W images of singing children. Text reads "Child4Child by Childhood Cancer International"

“We Are One” Against Childhood Cancer, Sing 1M+ Children!

Frozen composer Christophe Beck and 1M+ children making more than 900,000 videos, have created the childhood cancer awareness song We Are One. Find out more and watch the music video.

Child4Child by Childhood Cancer International - text above a partial image of a globe covered in glowing lights to show the location of participating chikdren.

Child4Child – Young Singers Worldwide Unite For New Childhood Cancer Single

Child4Child invites the world’s children join in the chorus of a new song created by Disney’s Frozen Composer, Christophe Beck. Performed by some of YouTube’s top singing kids, “We Are One” will be released on International Childhood Cancer Day, February 15, including the voices of children from around the world.

The message “Happy New Year 2016” written in gold text, laid over a graduated gold background decorated with gold stars.

Happy New Year!

I expect, like me, many of you woke up today with resolutions and big plans to achieve them. As one of my own New Year resolutions is to maintain this blog regularly, I thought sharing some tips I’ve found helpful would be a great way to begin. I’ll be using them to stay on track with my goal, and I hope they’ll help turn your own New Year Resolutions into goals you can truly accomplish in 2016!