Tag Archive for: survivors

Wrapped up against the cold, Jim and Liza Valavanis and their three children are pictured together in a snowy winter wonderland.

Life Through Sam’s Eyes: How Our Blind Son Helped Us See

What does it mean to be told your 12 week old baby has a rare eye cancer? Jim Valavanis shares his experience of first-time parenting, nearly five years of childhood cancer treatment, and Life Through Sam’s Eyes – the hope-filled book that emerged from his healing journey.

Quote and text in gold bevelled font below multi-coloured lights on a tree: “Happiness depends upon ourselves” – Aristotle.

12 Ways to be Happier in the New Year

New beginnings, hopes, dreams, possibilities, resolutions. January is an ideal time to explore how we can make our daily lives happier. Our volunteer CEO, Abby White, shares New Year greetings, tips for a happier 2018, and a personal message of change as the New Year begins.

Happy Holidays - red silhouette of Santa on sleigh pulled by reindeer, flying past the moon. Set on gold background – reflecting colours of the WE C Hope logo.

Season’s Greetings from WE C Hope

Season’s Greetings. Bright lights adorn trees, festive music cheers the soul, and gifts the world over bring joy to those we love. This is a special time for celebration and reflection, for coming together as a community, and sharing hope. Especially when a child has cancer…

Through Our Eyes at One Retinoblastoma World 2017

Parents and survivors shared their thoughts on the “Through Our Eyes” wall at the One Rb World meeting in Washington D.C., 9-11 October 2017. These powerful insights were gathered anonymously via this website during September 2017, and highlight wide-ranging concerns.

Group photo outside the Jefferson Memorial.

Reflecting on One Retinoblastoma World 2017

Focused on best care for all, One Rb World 2017 included the first ever US national Family & Survivor Day. The collaborative program covered awareness, treatment, parent advocacy, life-long care, research, child life and the pathway to progress for our global community.

A large, diverse group of people pose together in a conference room. Most are dressed in smart casual attire. Many are smiling and waving at the camera, and those in the centre are holding a large banner that reads "One Retinoblastoma World". A large world map features on the wall behind the group. At the front, two ladies sit close together holding a plush elephant with removable eye between them. The elephant is bedecked in red, white and blue flowers.

One Retinoblastoma World 2017, Washington D.C.

Focused on best care for all, One Rb World 2017 included the first ever US national Family & Survivor Day. The collaborative program covered awareness, treatment, parent advocacy, life-long care, research, child life and the pathway to progress for our global community.

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.