World Child Cancer USA is expanding our program in Mexico. With programs in Oaxaca and Pachuca, Veracruz marks the next step to helping save even more lives. Today is the first of 2 days World Child Cancer experts are teaching Nurses from throughout the state to better help identify cancer and to get give the children quicker and more effective care.
The trainings will be followed up with a delivery of nearly $800,000 of medical supplies going to two hospitals. These supplies will better equip these medical professionals to save more lives.
Help World Child Cancer help even more vulnerable children and their families. Donate today.
Take the Challenge be a part of Cait’s Caraids 2018
The Star of the hit fantasy series Outlander, Caitriona Balfe is challenging her fans again this year to be part of Cait’s Caraid. Caitriona is a patron of World Child Cancer and works tirelessly to support our efforts to help children all over the world. Caitriona says, “childhood cancer is so treatable, we know what to do. However, so many children around the world lack the access to these life-saving treatments. In many countries, families have to travel for hours just for the most basic care. I challenge my fans all over the world to walk this summer to help these children. Join Cait’s Caraids and help raise over $100,000 for to World Child Cancer so they can fulfill their mission to give these children the care they need.”
The Challenge: Cait’s Caraids will walk through the months of June, July and August. There will be three tiers to the walk; 150 hours, 100 hours and 50 hours with the challenge to raise $150, $100 or $50 respectively. Every time a participant achieves a fundraising level you will be entered up to three times in a drawing for Outlander themed prizes and other goodies.
To join Cait’s Caraids, simply start your own fundraising page, add your story and a picture, promote it and start walking and start fundraising, CLICK HERE
You can donate to Cait’s Caraids and be entered into the drawing ($50 minimum donation). CLICK HERE TO DONATE
Celebrating a Mother’s Strength this Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For moms that are supporting a child fighting cancer, the day has even more meaning. During a recent visit to our project site in Oaxaca, Mexico, we got an opportunity to meet Maria.
Her teenage daughter Luciana is going through treatment after her cancer relapsed. Maria also recently lost her husband and is supporting her family as a single mother. She does so by making crafts for sale.
On this Mother’s Day, help us to continue to provide support to mothers like Maria. Her strength and dedication will help her daughter win her fight with cancer.
Educating the Front Line
Lizeth, is a joyful 5-year old that loves her mother and father. In early January she became sick, complaining of pain in her legs. The local medical facility was unsuccessful to draw blood and sent Lizeth home with no answers. Lizeth condition worsened. Her mother Maria, took her to the Children’s hospital in Oaxaca (Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña). The difficult trip to the hospital took more than 2 hours. Upon arrival, Lizeth was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Two months into her chemotherapy treatments, Lizeth tests indicate that she is winning the battle. Lizeth’s story is all too common for children throughout the developing world. Many childhood cancers are very treatable however, many children do not get diagnosed or get diagnosis long after the cancer has reached advanced stages. Unfortunately, many local family doctors and small medical facilities do not recognize cancer.
Pictured: Lizeth with Megan Parry, World Child Cancer Program Manager in Mexico
World Child Cancer is working to fix this issue. This year in Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico, World Child Cancer, is conducting two multi-day seminars for doctors, nurses and mental health professionals throughout the states of Veracruz and Oaxaca. By teaching the local doctors and nurses to better identify childhood cancers, will allow these children to receive earlier treatment and care as well as family support.
World Child Cancer has been working with the hospital in Oaxaca bring the latest protocols and practices for childhood cancer. So far in 2018 World Child Cancer has donated dozens of doses of oncology medications, antibiotics and other medical supplies to Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña to further their success. World Child Cancer is able to provide this direct support and training due to the continued support of generous donors from throughout the world.
Lizeth says that her treatments are difficult, but the nurses and everybody are really nice. She misses her father who had to stay home to work.
Help deserving children like Lizeth. Donate to World Child Cancer so we can continue our work to save children.
Please continue your support and Give the Gift of Growing Up.
DONATE YOUR VEHICLE
World Child Cancer USA is Now Accepting Vehicle Donations
Have your old vehicle save the life of a child with cancer. Donate your Car, Motorcycle, RV, Boat or ATV. It’s simple and free. To donate your vehicle, simply click here and fill out the form. In a couple of days your vehicle and World Child Cancer benefits.
All children with cancer have one thing in common: a decreased ability to fight infections
. This requires them to be extremely careful and minimize their exposure. The chances of a child with cancer becoming sick increases greatly, particularly in low to middle income countries. Once a sick child arrives to a medical facility it is imperative to their survival that they are treated immediately, ideally within the first hour of arrival. Often, very inexpensive antibiotics and other readily available medications will immediately reverse infections and decrease added complications. Oncologists throughout the world as well as World Child Cancer refer to this immediate treatment as “The Golden Hour”. Obviously, you can see how important that time is.
World Child Cancer is working hard helping medical professionals and medical facilities throughout the globe to understand the importance of “The Golden Hour”, thus increasing survival for children with cancer. Over the last few months, Dr. Terrie Flatt and Dr. Lillia Garcia have traveled from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and conducted trainings at our project sites in Oxaca and Pachuca, Mexico. These trainings include specific protocols for “The Golden Hour” that have been taught to doctors and nurses. Thanks to many of you, World Child Cancer is also purchasing and delivering more effective antibiotics to each of these hospitals to ensure they have enough on hand which can be prescribed and administered during the first hour of a sick child’s arrival, during “The Golden Hour”.
Help World Child Cancer give the gift of growing up and continue expanding the knowledge of “The Golden Hour”. Learn more!
We’re excited to announce the release of our 2015 Annual report. Learn about our successes in 2015 and how we are growing and helping more children in 2016.
Spread the word! Know any individuals or organizations interested in our work? Please share our 2015 Annual Report. Stay connected by signing up for our Newsletter and following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Stay tuned for updates from Mexico! Our Executive Director, LeAnn Fickes, is working with our partner hospitals in Mexico this month. Watch this space for updates, pictures and videos. Learn how your support helps and how you can get more involved. If you’re not already, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter @WChildcancerusa and on Instagram at worldchildcancerusa.
World Child Cancer USA Ambassador, Dawn Polk, raising awareness on World Cancer Day 2016
We are excited to announce our first five World Child Cancer USA Ambassadors: Celeste Amundsen, Christine Gordon, Joan Hanna, Megan Luciano, and Dawn E. Polk. Thank you so much for your commitment and welcome to the World Child Cancer family!
World Child Cancer USA Ambassadors are our main outreach arm and represent our strongest supporters across the nation—individuals who are dedicating their voice, time, and support to raise awareness and funds for children with cancer in developing countries. Ambassadors work closely with our staff, Board, and other volunteers to advocate for children with cancer and raise awareness in their communities.
To learn more about becoming an Ambassador, please visit our Ambassador page here.
Are you looking to make a difference with a dynamic and fun team? We’re looking for a part-time Development and Outreach Manager at our office in Denver, Colorado at the Posner Center for International Development. Please click here for the job description and information on how to apply. Thank you for your interest and please share.
World Child Cancer would like to celebrate Halloween with you!
This October, World Child Cancer is holding a Jack-O-Lantern Contest. From October 5th to October 31st, we invite you to post a photo of yourself with your pumpkin creation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag World Child Cancer (Twitter: @WChildCancer, Instagram: @worldchildcancer).
Be sure to include the #WCCjacko hashtag!
You can also submit photos here: http://ow.ly/Towoj
Together with Outlander actress and World Child Cancer patron, Caitriona Balfe, our team will choose the 3 prize winners!
Please contact [email protected] for more information or the contest care pack – tips and stencils included.
Good luck and happy carving!