Double Your Impact This December

We would like to share some exciting news with you: this December, all donations will be matched. From December 1 to 31 your donation will go twice as far and will have double the impact.

Childhood Cancer 8 year old leukemia patient Jose and his mother Maria at HNO

All gifts in December will go towards our new project in Southeast Mexico and will directly support children with cancer like Jose. Our goal is to raise $25,000, which with matching funds will support the following at our partner hospitals in Oaxaca and Hidalgo in 2016:

  • Support for treatment costs (childhood cancer and supportive care drugs)
  • Family education materials, training, and support
  • 2 trainings for local healthcare professionals
  • Childhood cancer database training and on-going database management
  • Childhood cancer awareness campaigns
  • Shipping costs for donated medical supplies and equipment

Please visit our Mexico project page to learn more about our work in Mexico and the update below. Want to get involved with fundraising? Email LeAnn at [email protected] to help raise awareness and funds this December.


November 2015 Mexico Visit

Earlier this month our Chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Scott Howard, and Executive Director, LeAnn Fickes, visited our partner hospitals in Mexico.

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At the Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña (HNO) in Oaxaca we conducted a needs assessment with Project C.U.R.E. to deliver much needed medical equipment. We also met with Mexican childhood cancer nonprofit organizations, Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer and AMANC México, to explore ways we can work together to reach more children.

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On our last day, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding between World Child Cancer USA, HNO, and our twinning partner, Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

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The Secretary of Health, Hector Gonzalez Hernandez, also attended and held a press conference to raise awareness of childhood cancer and announce our partnership.

We also visited our partner hospital, Hospital del Niño DIF, in Hidalgo. Beth Conley and Leslie Cristobal Cazarin from Project C.U.R.E./Curando México conducted a needs assessment at HNH and gave a presentation on their work in Mexico.

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Our Board Chair, Dr. Scott Howard, trained HNH staff on his new childhood cancer database, Resonance Pediatric Registry for Oncology (R-PRO). The database is important to track our progress and improve survival rates.

We also spent time with the hospital director and pediatric oncology team planning our project for the next 3 years. The project will focus on reducing deaths from infections, improving medication compliance for children with leukemia, creating a family support group, and raising awareness of childhood cancer and its curability – all with the aim of saving lives.

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Thank you to the HNO and HNH pediatric oncology teams and administrations for your amazing hospitality and for all you do for children with cancer. Would you like to help? Your donation doubles this December and all funds raised will go towards helping children with cancer in Oaxaca and Hidalgo. For more pictures, please visit our Facebook page here.


November Mexico Visit & Partnership with Project C.U.R.E.

We’re headed to visit our partner hospitals in Mexico, Hospital del Niño DIF and Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña. We’ll be planning project activities and also partnering with Project C.U.R.E. to deliver medical supplies to Oaxaca. Our Board Chair, Dr. Scott Howard, will be joining us on Monday.

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Our Executive Director, LeAnn, is traveling with Beth Conley from Project C.U.R.E. to conduct a needs assessment at the Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña. World Child Cancer USA is partnering with Project C.U.R.E. and Curando Mexico to deliver a 53 foot container of medical supplies and equipment – valued at approximately $700,000 – to the Hospital del Niñez Oaxqueña (HNO) in Oaxaca, Mexico. For more details, view our flyer here.

We’re looking forward to seeing our colleagues in Pachuca and Oaxaca and working together to improve childhood cancer care in Mexico. Stay tuned for updates during our visit!


World Child Cancer Project Leaders Featured at SIOP

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World Child Cancer local Project Leaders, nurses, and doctors from each project, along with staff, Board members, and Project Committee Members attended the International Society of Pediatric Oncology’s (SIOP) annual conference in Cape Town, South Africa last week.

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Dr. Lorna Renner and Nurse Joyce Oppong-Ayisi presenting from Ghana

World Child Cancer was well-represented at SIOP; all local teams who attended presented their work and World Child Cancer staff gave three presentations on our work. Dr. Lorna Renner, Ghana project lead and pediatric oncologist, and head nurse, Joyce Oppong-Ayisi, gave a keynote presentation on the importance of pediatric oncology nursing and how it shapes policy. They gave recommendations on how to improve nursing education, research, and policy in low and middle-income countries. Project Committee Member and World Child Cancer USA Board member, Dr. Steve Hunger also gave a keynote address during the conference.

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Along with presenting, the World Child Cancer team held planning meetings and networked with attendees, sharing best practices in childhood cancer treatment and care.

Dr. Scott Howard, World Child Cancer USA's Board Chair and pediatric oncologist, catching up with colleagues from around the globe

Dr. Scott Howard, World Child Cancer USA’s Board Chair and pediatric oncologist, catching up with colleagues from around the globe

We would like to thank the SIOP Board, organizers, and PODC Committee chairs for hosting a wonderful conference and for inviting World Child Cancer project leads to present. We’re all looking forward to attending SIOP 2016 in Dublin!


World Child Cancer’s Jack-O-Lantern Contest

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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!

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Press Release: Consuming Tales to benefit World Child Cancer USA

Childhood Cancer All proceeds from Volume 4 of the Crimson Cloak Anthologies to benefit World Child Cancer USA, a nonprofit organization dedicating to improving childhood cancer diagnosis, care, and treatment in the developing world.

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Consuming Tales contains thirteen eerie tales plus a couple of true encounters, to chill the spine on a gloomy autumn evening. All items are donated and profits from this book, the fourth in the Crimson Cloak charity Anthologies series, go to World Child Cancer USA, helping children worldwide survive this scariest of diseases.

With a foreword by Cynthia MacGregor, there’s even a knitting pattern for a chemo cap for cancer sufferers.

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Spooky Stories:
Nigel, by Helen Alexander
A Haunting War, by John L. D. Barnett
The Kids of Granger’s Bottom, by Peter N. Bernfeld
The Apple Witch, by Janice Clark
The Book of Life, by Mark Conte
The Legend of Center tree, by T. W. Embry
The Haunted Attic, by Anthony J. Gerst
A Trio of Friends, by Esma Race
The Vanishing Hitchhiker, by Patrick M. Shanahan
The Warm Glow of Companionship, by Travis I. Sivart
The Dead Man’s Revenge, by Wesley Tallant
The Inheritance, by Wesley Tallant
Reel in the Flickering Light, by Sean Tate
Halloween, by Barbara Weitzner
Frogmore International, by Gary Winstead

Purchase your copy here and help children with cancer around the globe:

You can donate directly to World Child Cancer USA here: www.worldchildcancer.us/donate


SIOP 2015 in Cape Town

World Child Cancer staff, Board members, Project Committee Members, and local Project Leaders are traveling from all over the world to attend the International Society of Pediatric Oncology’s (SIOP) annual conference in Cape Town.

We’ll be attending seminars on topics in pediatric oncology, meeting to discuss projects, and working together to improve outcomes for children with cancer around the world. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and pictures.

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Thank you to our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Supporters!

Childhood Cancer Thank you again to everyone who raised awareness and funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! We appreciate your support and couldn’t do what we do without you.

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Melissa and her Mom at the Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña

In September, we raised over $6,000 for our project in Mexico. Funds will be used to set up a childhood cancer database, to train local nurses and doctors, and to support treatment costs. Thank you!

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Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña team, World Child Cancer team, and Oaxaca Secretary of Health, Hector Gonzalez Hernandez

A special thank you to Heaven Burkes for donating proceeds from Heal Your World for Children; Lisa McCarron for donating 50% of proceeds from Well, Well, Wellness; to the Posner Center for International Development for co-hosting our Go Gold Happy Hour; to all of the Outlander and Caitriot groups for organizing walks and other fundraisers, and to all of our individual donors who gave during September.


Thank you to Outlander & Caitriot Groups!

We’d like to say a big thank you to all of the Outlander groups and Caitriots who are raising awareness and funds for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and all year long. We’d also like to thank World Child Cancer’s patron, Caitriona Balfe for your incredible support. Thank you!

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Thank you to the following groups for organizing #GOGOLD events during September (please let us know if we’ve missed any!):

Outlandish Gatherings

Caitriotnation

Outlander So Cal

Outlander VA

Inverness Outlanders

Outlandish UK

Outlandish Boston

#CaitriotChallenge

And…all of the amazing individuals who walked, donated, & raised awareness!!

**There are only 2 days left in September! Remember, all donations this month go towards our new project in Mexico. There’s still time to donate here!


Thank you to our #GoGold supporters!

World Child Cancer Thank you to everyone raising awareness and funds during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! We truly appreciate your support.

A special thank you to all of the Outlander groups and the Caitriots who have organized Go Gold walks and other events. We’re thrilled to have so many of you involved all over the US! Also, thank you to author Heaven Leigh for donating proceeds from Heal Your World for Children and fundraising this month. Another big thank you to Lisa McCarron of Well, Well, Wellness for donating 50% of the proceeds of her beautiful jewelry in September. Thank you to everyone who attended our Go Gold Happy Hour and for the Posner Center for International Development for co-sponsoring the event.

All donations during the month of September will go towards our new project in Mexico. Thank you for helping us launch our project!