News & Article Archives

WCC-USA Welcomes New Summer Intern

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World Child Cancer USA welcomes it’s newest intern, Nathan Anderson, a recent graduate of the University of Denver’s International Studies program. Anderson says he hopes to bring his passion for international development and his experience working in government public affairs to help build up the human condition in the developing world through WCC-USA.

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Support World Child Cancer USA on Arizona Gives Day April 9th! 

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Arizona Gives Day is April 9th! You can schedule your donation here any time from now until the end of the day on April 9th. A HUGE thank you to the Outlandish Zonies and the Catriotnation for supporting World Child Cancer USA on Arizona Gives Day on their fundraising page here.

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Author Heaven Leigh Fundraises for WCC-US

WCC-US Operation & Fundraising Manager (left) and Author Heaven Leigh (right)

Author Heaven Leigh (pictured right) is donating proceeds from her upcoming book, Heal Your World for Children, to World Child Cancer USA. Heaven is also raising money for children with cancer at our projects on her fundraising page here. Thank you, Heaven!

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Summer Internships: Apply Now! 

We’re looking to add two interns to our team this summer in Denver, CO.  The internship is unpaid, but we’re happy to help you meet your learning objectives in a for-credit internship.

For a full internship descriptions and to apply, please visit our internship page here. Please share this fantastic opportunity with any students you know in Denver!

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Wilms’ Tumor Project

World Child Cancer has officially started funding a new Wilms’ tumor project! This is a regional collaboration between six sub-Saharan African countries – Malawi, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The twinning relationship with VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam will aim to improve outcomes for Wilms’ tumor patients across Africa.With your continued support we can help more children with cancer through initiatives such as this – thank you!

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International Childhood Cancer Day 

International Childhood Cancer Day is on February 15th! Visit our events page to learn more about childhood cancer and what you can do to help, here.

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FT Seasonal Appeal Reaches £1 million ($1.65 million)! 

We have some fantastic news to share: the total amount raised from the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal has now reached £1 million ($1.65 million)!

Thank you to the Financial Times and Christie’s auction house for hosting an amazing dinner and auction last night. The FT’s top editors and journalists were in attendance, including the editor Lionel Barber. This event helped us reach £1 million!

A huge thank you to all of our supporters and contributors to the FT seasonal appeal. The funds raised will allow us to help more children at our projects and give them a chance to fight cancer.

For all of the amazing articles and videos from the FT Seasonal Appeal, click here: http://www.ft.com/intl/seasonal-appeal

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2013 Year End Project Update 

2013 was a fantastic year at World Child Cancer’s projects! Thanks to all of your support and contributions, WCC helped 2,655 children and trained 820 healthcare professionals at our 7 projects in 13 developing countries. Read more in our year end report here:

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Thank you to World Child Cancer’s Operations Manager, Liz Burns, for writing this wonderful report!

 

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Christie’s/Financial Times Event

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Check out the amazing Financial Times and Christie’s event to benefit World Child Cancer! You can bid on a table for an incredible dinner with top FT journalists. The dinner is at Christie’s headquarters in London on January 28th. Can’t make it to London? Bid on a lunch with the FT’s Assistant Editor, Gillian Tett, at the Nomad Hotel in NYC. All proceeds to benefit World Child Cancer.

Bidding ends January 21st! For more info and to bid please visit Christie’s here.

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FT Business School Challenge: Sign up Now! 

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Calling all Business Schools, MBA students and alumni: test your business knowledge and raise money for World Chid Cancer!

The Financial Times is hosting the FT Business School Challenge, hosted by FT management editor Andrew Hill, on February 26th at the FT offices in London. There are spots for up to 10 global business schools and the competition is not limited to MBA schools in the UK. The registration fee is £2,000 ($3,275) and all proceeds will be donated to World Child Cancer.

Sign up to test your business knowledge and help kids with cancer in the developing world! For more information and to enter, visit www.ft.com/business-school-challenge.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Be a Hero for Kids with Cancer 

New Year, New You? Does one of your New Year’s resolutions include fitness, taking on a new challenge, helping others, or volunteering?

This year, why not get involved, enjoy a challenge, while also becoming a hero for children with cancer all around the world? Whether you enjoying running, cheering, baking or biking, there is an event for everyone! You can participate in an event to support World Child Cancer anywhere around the globe.

Visit our fundraising page to learn more or email [email protected] Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest.

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Financial Times Seasonal Appeal Update

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Have you been following the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal? As you may know, World Child Cancer has been chosen as the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal partner 2013/14.  With six weeks to go, the donations are growing gradually and the coverage has connected us to individuals, companies and other organizations around the world. Thank you to all of you who have donated – we appreciate your support.

The coverage has been amazing and the FT has told our story in a powerful, compelling and original way. They have created videos, ads, interactive online material and incredible images of the children we treat. Below is a link to all the FT Seasonal Appeal articles and Videos.

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Link to FT Articles & Videos 

If you have any questions or would like any more information about how you or your company can get involved with the FT campaign, please contact LeAnn Fickes at  [email protected]

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Happy New Year! 

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Happy New Year from World Child Cancer USA! Thank you all for your support the past year. Together, we’re on track to treat over 10,000 children worldwide by 2017 – amazing progress. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!

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Global Giving Success – Thank you! 

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We’ve reached our goal on Global Giving and have raised $5,369 from 44 donors for our project in Ghana! Thank you to everyone who donated! A HUGE thanks to World Child Cancer USA’s Board of Directors.

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We’ll now have a permanent spot on Global Giving’s site and be able to help more kids with cancer in the developing world – amazing! We’d also like to say thank you to GlobalGiving for being a fantastic fundraising partner.

Want to keep up with the latest? Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Meet Bokal: A Patient from Bangladesh 

Meet Bokal, a little girl who is being treated at World Child Cancer’s project in Bangladesh.

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Bokal is 2 years old and was diagnosed with a liver tumor called Hepatoblastoma in September. Bokal is now on her fourth cycle of treatment. In two weeks she will have to travel the 300km from her home in Comilla back to the hospital in Dhaka for her next cycle. This trip costs the equivalent of $2, a huge sum of money for Bokal’s family. Their journey is made more difficult as a result of the political blockade taking place in Bangladesh at the moment. Last month Bokal’s treatment was delayed by two days as the blockade made it impossible to reach the hospital on time. Bokal’s mother is also very worried, as she has already lost her son to drowning.

Thanks to World Child Cancer and the amazing medical staff at the Bangabandhu Sheik Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bokal is able to receive treatment. However, Bokal and her family still face many challenges.

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Financial Times Seasonal Appeal: Cost of Cancer Care in Ghana 

Have you read the latest Financial Times Seasonal Appeal article? Read about how World Child Cancer is helping children in Ghana’s 2nd largest city, Kumasi, access cancer care below.

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Read the Article Here

For more on World Child Cancer’s project in Ghana, please visit our websitehere. Thank you for reading!

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Financial Times Seasonal Appeal: New Video

Please watch and share this new video about our project in Malawi featuring the wonderful Prof Liz Molyneux. This is one of several videos in the series made through the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal.

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Watch the video here

Have you been keeping up with all the latest articles and videos from the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal? All the videos and articles can be found here.

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Bangladesh Training at BSSMU in Dhaka 

This month, a team from World Child Cancer visited the BSMMU in Dhaka, where our project in Bangladesh is based. During the visit, the team held a three day training workshop for doctors and nurses as well as meeting the patients on the ward. WCC-UK Fundraiser, Lydia Spencer visited the BSMMU Hospital with nurse Caroline Knott, Doctor Maria Michelagnoli from UCHL, nurse Mary Lou Hurley and Doctor Paul Rogers from the British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Canada.

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Lydia was there to evaluated the 2nd workshop and continuing professional development on Childhood Malignancy, which World Child Cancer funds annually and sat in on both the Doctors’ workshop and the nurses training session. She also visited the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology ward every day and got the opportunity to meet all the patients and give out blankets made by the wonderful ladies at Wooly Hugs.

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For more pictures from the visit, please see WCC-UK’s Facebook album here. For more on World Child Cancer’s project in Bangladesh, visit our project page here.

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Financial Times Seasonal Appeal: Oncologist Returns Home to Help Children 

In December 10th’s Financial Times our project lead in Ghana, Dr Lorna Renner, is interviewed and tells her inspiring story – read it online here! The article explains the challenges of trained healthcare professionals moving away from their home countries to use their skills elsewhere. Dr. Lorna Renner is one of only two pediatric oncologists in Ghana. Read on to learn more and please share!

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Read the Article Here 

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Financial Times Seasonal Appeal Update  

Have you been following the latest articles and videos from the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal? Please click on the pictures or the link below to read the articles. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

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You can find all of the articles and videos on the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal website, here: http://www.ft.com/intl/seasonal-appeal

Like what you’ve read and want to help? Donate here.

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Thank you, Paul! 

 

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On Sunday, December 1st, Paul Barach ran the Seattle Marathon for World Child Cancer USA. Not only did he raise $550 for kids with cancer, he also finished with a personal record time of 3:18. Well done, Paul!

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Financial Times Seasonal Appeal Launch 

We’ve got some great news: the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal has kicked off with a intro video and article!

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Please watch this short video that documents childhood cancer in the developing world and how World Child Cancer helps.

Also, please read the first article of the appeal, First World Care for Developing Nations, by Shawn Donnan.

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For more info about the appeal, visit our website here. Stay tuned for more articles and media from the Financial Times! Follow us on Facebook andTwitter for the latest.

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Financial Times Seasonal Appeal

World Child Cancer is the Financial Times charity partner for the 2013/14 seasonal appeal

In case you missed our earlier posts, the Financial Times runs an annual Seasonal Appeal for their chosen charity partner, whose cause is promoted both in print and online throughout December to raise money and increase awareness of the charity’s work. Since the appeal was launched, the FT has raised over $12.7 million for their charity partners.

In addition to donations from staff and corporate matching partners, the appeal will raise awareness about World Child Cancer’s work and about childhood cancer in lower and middle income countries. Over the next six weeks, the Financial Times will feature stories about World Child Cancer’s projects and the plight of children with cancer in the developing world.

For more about the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal and World Child Cancer, please visit our website here.

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We Need Your Help: Global Giving Winter Challenge 

We’ve got some exciting news to share: World Child Cancer USA has a unique opportunity through the international fundraising site, GlobalGiving.org, to raise funds for World Child Cancer’s project in Ghana. We applied and got approved for a trial campaign from November 25th to December 31st. During this period, we need to raise at least $5,000 from 40 different donors.

With your help, we can reach our fundraising goal and become a permanent fixture on the site. This means we can use their online platform to gain a global presence and matching donations to help more kids with cancer at our projects. A little goes a long way in Ghana, where a full course of chemotherapy drugs for Burkitt Lymphoma costs $75.

About Our Project in Ghana

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World Child Cancer is helping children in Ghana by improving cancer diagnosis, treatment and supportive care at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra. World Child Cancer transfers this expertise through medical twinning partnerships. The partnership creates a two-way transfer of skills and knowledge to develop locally appropriate, affordable, and sustainable solutions to the problem of child cancer in Ghana. The project helps over 150 children a year by saving lives and reducing suffering.

How You Can Help 

Please join us in supporting our work in Ghana and donate to our project page here between November 25th to December 31st. Also, please repost and share our project page on social media.

Thank you so much for your support! For more information on our project in Ghana, please visit our website.

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November 19, 2013

Paul Barach to Run the Seattle Marathon for World Child Cancer USA

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World Child Cancer USA supporter, Paul Barach, is running the Seattle Marathon on December 1st.  Paul is raising money to support kids with cancer at our projects in Bangladesh and Ghana.  A huge thank you to Paul for taking on this challenge to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer in the developing world.

A little goes a long way – just $15 provides much needed pain relief for 4 kids for one week. A full course of chemo drugs for a child with Burkitt lymphoma in Ghana is $75. Your donations make a huge difference in the lives of kids with cancer who really need it – thank you to everyone who has already donated.

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Please visit Paul’s fundraising page and make a donation to support Paul and help kids at our projects in Bangladesh and Ghana!

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November 19, 2013

#GivingTuesday 

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Excited to hit the stores on Black Friday and for the deals on Cyber Monday? This holiday season, we’d like to ask you to participate in #GivingTuesday, on December 3rd. #GivingTuesday is a global movement where nonprofits, communities, businesses, families, and students join together to give back.

We’d like you to help us continue to provide cancer care for kids at our projects by contributing to World Child Cancer USA on #GivingTuesday. All donations on this day will go towards our project in Ghana. Just $75 provides the life saving chemo drugs for a child with Burkitt Lymphoma.

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Here are 3 simple ways you can give back on #GivingTuesday: 

1. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter and share our posts and Tweets to spread the word.

2. Take and upload an UNselfie on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram and use the hashtags #UNselfie #GivingTuesday and tag us @WChildCancerUSA.

3. Donate to our project in Ghana here on December 3rd. Donations will be matched at 15% by Global Giving.

For more info or to join our social media team to get out the word, email LeAnn.

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September 9, 2013

Introducing the Team – Hello from London

Hello from London! We’d like to introduce you to World Child Cancer USA’s staff: Jo Hopkins (left) and LeAnn Fickes.

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Jo is our Chief Executive and has been involved with World Child Cancer since its start in 2007. As Chief Executive of World Child Cancer UK, Jo was instrumental in project formation and income generation.  In her role as Chief Executive,  Jo works closely with the Directors of World Child Cancer USA to secure funding for the charity’s growth in the US. Jo is based in London, where she lives with her husband, Mark. She’ll be traveling monthly to the US and we’re excited to have her on board!

LeAnn is our Operations and Development Manager and is focused on spearheading fundraising in the US. Currently, LeAnn is spending time with Jo and the World Child Cancer UK team in London. LeAnn is based in Denver, Colorado and is thrilled to be working with such an amazing team!

To learn more about Jo and LeAnn, visit the staff page on the website. Stay tuned for more updates from LeAnn’s visit to London.

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September 8, 2013

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the US. Did you know that 80% of all new pediatric cancer cases occur outside of the US in lower and middle income countries? Cancer impacts children indiscriminately all over the world. This September, join World Child Cancer USA in raising awareness of childhood cancer in the developing world.

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Here are 5 facts you may not know about childhood cancer: 

1. 100,000 children with cancer are dying unnecessarily in the developing world every year.

2. Many of these children are dying without effective pain relief – they are dying in pain.

3. Survival rates in the US and developed world average at 80%. In the developing world, just 10% of children survive.

4. The expertise and resources needed to resolve this global inequality in access to treatment and care exists. Yet only 20% of the world’s children currently have access to it.

5. Cancer is not prohibitively expensive to treat – just $775 will provide the treatment and care needed to cure a child with cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.

Please remember all kids with cancer this September. The resources and expertise exist to treat kids with cancer in the developing world. To learn more about World Child Cancer’s projects, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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August 26, 2013

Project Update: Myanmar

We’ve got some exciting project news to report. This fall World Child Cancer is conducting a needs assessment at Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar.

World Child Cancer’s Operations Manager, Liz Burns, and potential twinning professionals Dr Robert Carr, Dr Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo and nurse Lisa Morrissey from both London and Boston will visit Yangon Children’s Hospital in October.They will create a work plan with local lead Dr.  Aye Aye Khaing and her team to improve the quality of cancer care and outcomes for children with cancer in Myanmar. The twinning partner hospitals established are Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

Myanmar is a low-income country with a population of 48 million people and the majority of people live in poverty. The country has been ruled by a military dictatorship for many years, but has recently started significant political and economic reforms. There are an estimated 1,200 – 2,300 new cases of childhood cancer annually (based on 80-150 cases per million children). Accurate figures are not available because there is no national population-based registry.

Childhood cancer care in Myanmar was started by Dr Khaing in 2002. Over the last decade Dr Khaing and her team have made significant progress. However, long-term survival rates are low and there are still considerable challenges including:

  • Late diagnosis (70%) and non-diagnosis due to lack of awareness amongst parents and healthcare professionals;
  • Too few trained doctors and nurses to provide specialist care for children with cancer;
  • High death rate from infections;
  • High rate of abandonment (40%) of treatment due to unaffordability of drugs;
  • Limited provision of palliative care and effective pain relief.

Stay tuned for updates about our visit on FacebookTwitter, and our Website.

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August 16, 2013

5 Myths and Facts about Childhood Cancer

Next month, September, is Childhood Awareness Month in the US. We’d like to share some common myths about childhood cancer in lower and middle income countries:

1. Myth: Childhood cancer is a “first world” problem

Fact: 80% of new childhood cancer cases each year occur in lower and middle income countries. Lower and middle income countries are disproportionately burdened by cancer. 100,000 children with cancer are dying unnecessarily every year.

2. Myth: Communicable diseases – AIDS, TB, and Malaria – are the biggest health issues in the developing world.

Fact: Cancer kills more people than TB, HIV/AIDS, and malaria combined in lower and middle income countries.  Every year, 8 million people die from cancer and this number is expected rise to 13 million in 2030. While cancer accounts for approximately 55% of all deaths, the disease only receives 2% of the funding.

3. Myth: Cancer is too expensive and difficult to treat in lower and middle income countries (LMICs).

Fact: Just $775 provides the drugs, treatment, and care for a child with cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. This is on average, 300 times cheaper than the cost of treatment in the US.

4. Myth: Childhood cancer is a death sentence in LMICs.

Fact: With treatment, 50% – 60% of kids with childhood cancer in the developing would can be saved with generic drugs and relatively simple treatment protocols known to doctors for decades.

5. Myth: Cancer is always a noncommunicable disease (NCD).

Fact: The line between communicable and non-communicable diseases is blurring. Burkitt’s lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in central Africa, is linked to a virus and Malaria may also contribute to the disease. In North America1 in 25 cancers are associated with infectious agents, but in LMICs it’s 1 in 4.

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August 7, 2013

3 Simple Ways to Get Involved  

The following are 3 ways you can get involved with World Child Cancer USA. Each takes 5 minutes or less and is free. Please choose one – or all of them – and join us in raising awareness and improving cancer treatment for children in the developing world.

1. Follow us on Social Media

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. By following WCC USA, you help us raise awareness for childhood cancer in the developing world and help us share our mission.

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2. Watch and Share our Video

Watch our first video by WCC USA’s Chairman, President, and CEO Louis Efron about why he chose to lead the organization (it’s only 2 minutes!). Next, share it on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

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3. Sign up for our Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter by emailing [email protected]cer.us. We promise we’ll only email you our newsletter once a month. It’s a great way to stay connected and to learn about WCC USA’s projects.

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July 30, 2013

Cancer in the Developing World 

Cancer is a tragedy that does not discriminate and impacts millions globally.Every year, 4.8 million people die from cancer in the developing world, which is more than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. This number is expected to rise to 13 million in 2030, disproportionately impacting lower and middle income countries.

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Yet, cancer is severely underfunded. Out of the approximately $8.6 billion USD of donor health funding in 2008, only $168 million went to fund cancer. While cancer accounts for approximately 55% of all deaths, the disease only receives 2% of the funding.

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Sadly, this disparity in cancer funding, treatment, and care remains. Did you know that most new cancer cases occur in the developing world? 80% of new childhood cancer cases each year are in lower and middle income countries. Most go undiagnosed and many children die in pain, with only Tylenol for relief.

So, what can be done? Many of these deaths – especially childhood cancers – can be prevented with diagnosis and treatment. At least 50% of children with cancer in low / middle income countries could be cured with generic drugs and relatively simple treatment protocols known to doctors for decades. Just $775 provides the drugs, treatment, and care for a child with cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to $500,000 in the United States.

Oscar, a Wilm’s Tumor survivor successfully treated at World Child Cancer’s Project in Malawi

Oscar, a Wilm’s Tumor survivor successfully treated at World Child Cancer’s Project in Malawi

What can you do? Learn more about childhood cancer in the developing world and our projects at our website. Follow us on  FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn and share our stories.

It’s time to start prioritizing cancer awareness, diagnosis, and treatment in lower and middle income countries. Join us in making cancer a funding priority and to ensure no child suffers, regardless of where they live.

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July 29, 2013

Financial Times Partnership: What does it mean for World Child Cancer? 

World Child Cancer has been selected as the Financial Times’ 2013 seasonal appeal charity of the year. Financial Times’ staff – in all 4 international branches – voted and chose World Child Cancer.

In case you missed our earlier posts, the Financial Times runs an annual Seasonal Appeal for their chosen charity partner, whose cause is promoted both in print and online throughout December to raise money and increase awareness of the charity’s work. Since the appeal was launched, the FT has raised over $12.7 million for their charity partners. Last year, the appeal raised $4.8 million for the Global Children’s Fund.

In addition to donations from staff and corporate matching partners, the appeal will raise awareness about World Child Cancer’s work and about childhood cancer in lower and middle income countries. Throughout December, the Financial Times will feature stories about World Child Cancer’s projects and the plight of children with cancer in the developing world.

With the increase in funding and publicity the Financial Times appeal will bring, World Child Cancer will be able to reach our goal of treating 10,000 children in lower and middle income countries next year. In 2014, World Child Cancer plans to add satellite centers to our current projects in Asia and Africa and create 4 new projects in low and middle income countries.

Thank you to all the volunteers who visited the Financial Times’ offices in London, New York City, Manila, and Hong Kong. Also, thank you to the Financial Times’ staff for choosing World Child Cancer. We’re thrilled about our new partnership and working together to raise awareness and to diagnose, treat, and care for more children with cancer in the developing world.

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July 22, 2013

Financial Times Seasonal Appeal 

The Financial Times has chosen World Child Cancer, a global charity that aims to help children in low and middle income countries fight cancer and relieve their pain, for their 2013-2014 seasonal appeal.

The annual appeal runs from November to January and involves FT coverage of the chosen charity’s work to raise money and increase awareness. Articles include features in the FT newspaper, magazine and online, plus images and interactive slideshows on FT.com. Charities are selected by staff vote, and FT readers and corporate partners are encouraged to donate. FT appeals have raised over £12 ($18.4) million in the past six years for The Global Fund for Children, Sightsavers, Action Against Hunger, Wateraid, Camfed and Room to Read.

Lionel Barber, editor of the FT, said “The FT is delighted to be working with World Child Cancer for this year’s appeal. We look forward to visiting the countries where they operate, meeting some of the children they have treated and bringing their work to life for FT readers through extensive editorial coverage. The value and efficacy of our seasonal appeals reflect the generosity of our readers and the great causes of the charity organisations we work with.“

Gordon Morrison, chairman of World Child Cancer, said “World Child Cancer is honoured to be chosen as the FT seasonal appeal partner. Every year, 100,000 children across the developing world die from cancers that can be easily and affordably cured. The scale of impact that working with the FT can bring will help us raise awareness of the inequality of child cancer treatment and care globally, and leverage the vital funds needed to address this imbalance.”

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July 10, 2013

New Video! 

Please watch and share our new video.

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Chairman, President, and CEO of World Child Cancer USA, Louis Efron, explains why he chose to lead the charity.

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July 8, 2013

Fundraising Success – 4th of July Charity Luau 

What did you do this 4th of July? Louis and Evie Efron hosted a 4th of July Charity Luau to raise money and awareness for World Child Cancer USA in their Scottsdale home. Louis is World Child Cancer USA’s founder and chairman.

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The Efron’s friends and community came together this Independence day to support World Child Cancer’s projects around the world. Even the children attending were interested in hearing more about our projects and wanted to show their support for kids with cancer. Alexis and Brooke, pictured below, are sporting their World Child Cancer bracelets.

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We’d like to thank everyone who came out and so generously donated; the event raised $795! Also, thank you to the awesome Scottsdale local businesses that donated to the event: North Scottsdale Florist, Marriott PhotographySweets UnlimitedHarkins TheatresLifetime Fitness, and A Child’s Joy. You made our event an even bigger success!

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In addition to the BBQ, the Efron’s entertained the crowd with Hawaiian dancers who taught us how to hula dance – how fun! The dancers also performed a fire dance and really added to the festive spirit.

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Thanks again to everyone who joined the Efron family and showed their support for World Child Cancer USA! It was a wonderful first fundraiser and we look forward to having many more. With the money raised, we can help kids fighting cancer in the developing world. We’ve also gained some new supporters and volunteers – awesome!

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For more pictures, please visit our facebook page.

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July 8, 2013

NYC Financial Times Visit 

World Child Cancer Chairman Gordon Morrison, World Child Cancer USA Board Director, Lisa Peterson, and other volunteers went to the Financial Times office in New York City last week. We received a warm welcome from the FT staff and enjoyed getting to speak about our projects, mission, and what we’d do if we won the appeal.

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In case you’ve missed the big news, World Child Cancer is in the finals for the  Financial Times Seasonal Appeal for 2013. The FT runs an annual Seasonal Appeal for their chosen charity partner, whose cause is promoted both in print and online throughout December to raise money and increase awareness of the charity’s work.

With the press and donations from the FT appeal, we’d be able to expand our reach and treat 10,000 children in 2014 in lower and middle income countries. Childhood cancer is severely underfunded in the developing world. The FT appeal would enable us to create satellite centers in our current projects and to start new twinning partnerships in countries where childhood cancer survival rates are only 10%-20%.

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Thank you to everyone who came to NYC to speak to FT staff – great job! Also, thank you to the FT staff for hosting us and for giving us an opportunity to share World Child Cancer’s life saving work.

The final decision is being made by staff vote between now and July 12th. Please spread the word and ask FT employees to vote for World Child Cancer!

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June 22, 2013

World Child Cancer Shortlisted for the Financial Times Award 

Exciting news – we’ve been shortlisted to the final two charities for the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal for 2013. The final decision is being made by staff vote between June 28th and July 12th.

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The Financial Times runs an annual Seasonal Appeal for their chosen charity partner, whose cause is promoted both in print and online throughout December to raise money and increase awareness of the charity’s work. Since the appeal was launched the FT has raised over $12.7 million for their charity partners.

$1 million of FT appeal fundraising would enable World Child Cancer to create satellite medical centers in the five current African and Asian projects and to launch four new country projects. If you know anyone who works for the FT, please ask them to vote for us.

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Childhood cancer in the developing world is an issue that has been ignored for far too long. 80% of kids in high income countries will survive cancer, compared to only 5-10% in lower and middle income countries, where most cases go undiagnosed and untreated. Winning the FT appeal would mean more kids get treated AND exposure for the issue of childhood cancer in lower and middle income countries. Help us spread the word to make sure no child suffers.

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June 10, 2013

World Child Cancer USA – Expanding the Reach of World Child Cancer 

World Child Cancer USA was established in 2012 in order to expand the reach of World Child Cancer and close the large gap in international cancer treatment for children. Childhood cancer is a global epidemic – approximately 80% of childhood cancer cases occur in lower and middle income countries.

Our story began in 2007 when World Child Cancer was established in the UK by a team of international specialists to address the global inequality in cancer treatment for children. The organization adopted the highly successful twinning model used by St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (US) in their outreach work in central America to increase survival rates for children with cancer. World Child Cancer has since helped over 5,000 children since its creation. In 2012 the charity established a branch in the US – World Child Cancer USA – which shares the same vision and mission as the UK based charity.

  • Our vision is to see a world where every child with cancer has access to the best possible treatment & care.
  • Our mission is to improve diagnosis, treatment and care for children with cancer in low and middle income countries.
  • Our solution is to work in partnership with hospitals, healthcare professionals, parent support groups and governments from developed and developing countries to transfer specialist expertise, skills and funding. The aim is to create affordable and sustainable solutions to care for children in the countries in which we work.

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