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Welcome to World Eye Cancer Hope

Retinoblastoma is an aggressive eye cancer affecting babies and young children.  It kills over 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 found early, treatment is very effective.

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, survival is above 96%, but most children experience moderate to severe vision loss or complete blindness.  Globally, children, families and survivors experience significant emotional trauma.

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In Your Country

WE C Hope for all children with eye cancer, their families and 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

Support Kids During Needle Related Procedures


Kenyan Child Life Specialist, Jayne Kamau, distracts a child with a meteor shower toy during a needle procedure.

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 guide to find appropriate 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.

One Rb World: Support our Giving Tuesday Campaign


Giving Tuesday campaign image, shows the world Eye Cancer Hope logo above a collage of pictures from the child life program of One Retinoblastoma World – children of different ages, from infancy to late teens are participating in a range of medical play and self-expression activities. Below the collage, the Giving Tuesday logo and December 1, 2020 date are seen, along with the words: “help us bring life, sight and hope to all affected by childhood eye cancer.”

The 5th One Rb World event took place 3-4 October 2020, virtually due to COVID-19.  270 specialists, parents, and survivors from 38 countries gathered to share knowledge, support and hope to advance care, for children and throughoug life.

Our virtual program enabled unprecedented global collaboration and networking. All affected by retinoblastoma, involved in patient care or research should be able to engage in One Rb World.  Please help us make this a reality in 2021.

Remembering Jayne, Bella and Grace, Lost on Flight ET302


On March 10, 2019, our wonderful Child Life Specialist, Jayne Kamau, and child life advocate Bella Jaboma were killed on board Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302, with Grace Kariuki, a dedicated doctor working to advance childhood cancer care.

They were all returning home to Kenya from the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Africa Congress in Cairo. Read more about our dear friends and their vital work.

WE C Hope Blog

Retinoblastoma Treatment and Vision – The Double-Edged Sword

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When eye cancer is diagnosed early, it may be possible to save a child's eye or even sight. But tumours and treatments themselves affect vision. Sandra Staffieri, orthoptist and Rb Care Co-ordinator at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, reviews how different retinoblastoma therapies can impact the eye, and how parents can support their child.
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Retinoblastoma Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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COVID-19 continues to impact life and medical care. WE C Hope CEO Abby White reviews the facts of COVID-19, how we can protect ourselves and others, COVID testing, retinoblastoma care during the pandemic, safe travel to medical care, and how to support ourselves and our children.
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Life After Enucleation: 8 Retinoblastoma Survivors Share Hope

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Despite advances in eye saving therapy for retinoblastoma, removing a child’s eye remains the most common treatment worldwide. Rb survivor and WE C Hope CEO, Abby White, shares her perspective of life after enucleation, and experiences from seven fellow survivors, offering hope to parents facing the reality of enucleation.

Enucleation, Life and Support: A Parent and Survivor Perspective

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When a child has retinoblastoma, removing the affected eye remains the most common treatment worldwide to save life. Support is vital throughout treatment and long after. Lori and Grace Padilla share the perspective of a parent and a young adult survivor, their thoughts on enucleation, and the benefits of in-person support groups.

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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

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

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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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