World Child Cancer Day
Awareness of childhood cancer remains limited around the world. 90% of children are diagnosed with advanced (stage 3 or 4) cancer. Although 80% of children survive today in developed countries, most require intensive therapy due to late diagnosis.
Progress made in childhood cancer in the last 50 years is huge, but less than 1 in 5 children benefit. 85% of children with cancer (90% of children with retinoblastoma) live in developing countries, and most die due to lack of access to information, specialist medical care and family support.
A volunteer describes this tragedy: “it is one of the saddest experiences to witness children and parents unable and unmotivated to fight the battle any longer, just waiting in despair for the inevitable to happen – knowing that with funding from those able to help, the outcome could be so different”.
World Child Cancer Day is a global collaborative effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer, and raise funds to support children with cancer in the developing world. This annual event is led by Childhood Cancer International, a network of 177 parent-led childhood cancer charities in 90 countries.
The campaign is based on CCI’s core belief that every child with cancer deserves the best possible medical and psychological care, regardless of financial means, social class, race or native origin.
The day promotes:
- awareness and understanding about issues and effects of childhood cancer, with particular emphasis on impact in the developing world; and
- fundraising and advocacy to improve access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, particularly in developing countries.
CCI’s “we care, we share” culture encourages the sharing of information, knowledge and expertise to move forward care for all children. This ethos inspired the sharing dimension to World Child Cancer Day – childhood cancer communities and families are encouraged to hold a fundraiser to benefit a charity of their choice that helps children with cancer in the developing world.
As a member of CCI (through membership of the Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance in the UK), we fully endorse World Child Cancer Day as a wonderful opportunity to join hands in helping all chil