International Childhood Cancer Day
5 ways YOU can take action
February 15 is International Childhood Cancer Day and Kids Cancer Care is asking you take action for children affected by cancer. Here are five easy ways you can take action for the kids:
RIDE SOMEWHERE MEANINGFUL in the KIDS CANCER CARE RIDE OF COURAGE - A premier, all-inclusive event with three cycling options to choose from through the Alberta Foothills. Enjoy scenic routes with other cyclists by day and recover around the campfire at Camp Kindle by night. REGISTER TODAY and save.
BE A MONTHLY DONOR - you can be a superhero in the life of a child with cancer.
CAN DO FOR KIDS - a fundraising initiative organized by you - your school, your sports team or your company. It can be as big or as small as you'd like. You decide.
Thank you for taking action for children affected by cancer. Together, we can change the course of childhood cancer.
Every 3 minutes a child dies of cancer
Every year, more than 400,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. A child's survival depends on the region in which they live. Children in high-income regions such as North America have a higher rate of survival, whereas children in low- to middle-income regions have survival rates as low as 20 per cent. These children die because they lack access to prompt, effective treatment. This disparity is unacceptable. Every child deserves the right to life-saving care and treatment. Children across the globe deserve:
Better access to cancer treatment and care
Better access to affordable or free, quality care and medications, including those for pain
Better access to social health insurance or universal health coverage
Better access to pediatric palliative care
Better access to treatments that are less toxic, reducing the life-long adverse effects related to the treatments of cancer
Please act now and call on governments and international development organizations to recognize the needs of children and adolescents with cancer to ensure better access to care for children everywhere.
Partners in the global fight against childhood cancer
In honour of International Childhood Cancer Day, Kids Cancer Care is joining forces with the following groups dedicated to fighting childhood cancer:
- Childhood Cancer Canada
- Childhood Cancer International (formerly ICCCPO)
- International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP)
- Union for International Cancer Control (UICC I)
- International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)
Together, we honour the courage of children and young adults affected by cancer and take a stand to change the course of this disease.