Celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by Helping a Child with Cancer

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This month, World Child Cancer USA is raising $20,000 to fund a 20-bed cancer ward at one of our partner hospitals in Mexico. Children who are undergoing treatment there are forced to sleep (outside) on the ground and we want to provide them a safe, clean and welcoming place to lay their heads throughout the months of their cancer treatment. We need your help to help these children in Mexico.

How you can help: 

1. Donate today to our on-line campaign at http://tinyurl.com/z5tc4pe Donations big and small build momentum and hope. Check in with the campaign throughout September and help us reach our goal of raising $20,000. It’s for the kids!  But, don’t stop there….

2. Share your support on social media. Add a few sentences on why helping a child with cancer is important to you, and ask your friends to join you in supporting World Child Cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Use the hashtags #letseventheodds #gogoldcampaign #worldchildcancerusa #nochildshouldsuffer #childhoodcancer #whenigrowup. Make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram!

3. Fundraise to help kids this month. Host a party; sell cookies; do a raffle; rather than have lunch with your co-workers, brownbag it and donate what you would have spent; put a jar on your desk; or go big and engage your entire community – virtually and on-line.   (contact us for ideas)

4. Support businesses that are supporting World Child Cancer this month by donating a % of their proceeds in Sept:

– Buy a special edition Childhood Cancer Awareness Month t-shirt here

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– Buy a #gogold bracelet at Kate Murphy Designs here

On behalf of the 800 children with cancer in SE Mexico, we thank you! To learn more and get involved in this campaign, email [email protected] 

Together, we can fund a cancer ward for the kids so they can focus on beating cancer!

Join us for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September!

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Guadalupe at our partner hospital Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is coming up in less than a month! In September, we’ll be raising awareness and funds for kids with cancer in developing countries, where 80% of children with cancer live. Will you join us to help kids with cancer around the globe?

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Here’s a few ways you can get involved:

1. Make sure you’re signed up for our e-newsletter list. It takes 2 minutes to sign up: http://eepurl.com/BLo4X

2. Set up a fundraising page and take on a new challenge to help children with cancer where we work: give up your daily coffee and ask friends to do the same and donate the savings; run/walk a 10k; host an online raffle – the sky’s the limit. https://www.crowdrise.com/worldchildcancerus Just $100 can cover supportive care drugs for one child with cancer.

3. Wear gold (CCAM’s color!) and share our website and social media posts with your friends, colleagues, and family! www.worldchildcancer.us

Thank you! Please email [email protected] with any questions.

New intern in Mexico

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We’d like to welcome Sergio Martinez to World Child Cancer! Sergio is interning at our partner hospital, the Hospital del Nino DIF Hidalgo, in graphic design and is a student at the Instituto Tecnológico Latinoamericano. Sergio is working with our Project Coordinator, Arturo González, to help with creating communications materials and awareness campaigns. Welcome, Sergio!

Stay tuned for more updates from our partner hospitals in Mexico. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for the latest!

Medical supplies arriving soon to Oaxaca, Mexico

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Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña

In December of 2015 – with your support – we funded a 53 foot container of medical equipment and supplies for our partner hospital, the Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña, in collaboration with Project C.U.R.E. The goals are to strengthen the medical infrastructure at HNO, to outfit the new pediatric oncology ward to care for more childhood cancer patients, and to improve outcomes for all children treated at the hospital.

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Empty pediatric oncology ward to receive 20 beds and outfitted with equipment

HNO is the only hospital in the state of Oaxaca equipped to treat children with cancer. The container will fully equip a new, empty pediatric oncology ward — doubling the number of childhood cancer beds in the hospital from 20 to 40 — and will enable the hospital to help more children with cancer.

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8-year-old leukemia patient, Kevin and his mom at HNO

We’re very excited to announce that the container will be delivered in mid-July. The container will be packed by Project C.U.R.E. volunteers in Phoenix and Houston. Thank you to all who donated, Project C.U.R.E.’s volunteers, and all of the hospitals and corporations that donated beds and equipment. We would also like to thank the Posner Center for International Development for funding and support.

Stay tuned for more updates and and make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn!

Meet the Nursing Team at the Hospital del Niño DIF


We’d like to introduce you to the wonderful pediatric oncology nursing team at our partner hospital, Hospital del Niño DIF (HNH), in Hidalgo, Mexico.

The nursing team works tirelessly to care for children with cancer. Also, HNH nurses educate families on childhood cancer, the importance of finishing treatment, and on how to care for their child when they leave the hospital. Over half of children treated at HNH are from indigenous backgrounds and the nurses make sure families receive training and materials in their own language, which is integral to ensuring children complete treatment.

Thank you to all of the amazing nurses for everything they do for children and their families!

Hospital del Niño DIF Pediatric Oncology Nursing Team:

Obdulia Espinoza Velazquez
Martha Bautista Rivas
Guadalupe Lopez Rivero
Elizabeth Hernandez Sanchez
Mariana Ramos Sánchez
Yareli fragoso Gomez (Yareli Fragoso)
Karen Lugo Jiménez ( Karen Lugo)
Arely monserrat Hernández cortes ( Monserrat Hernandez Cortes)
Cinthia Lizbeth Hernandez piña ( Liz Piñita)
Alejandro hernandez hernandez

¡Gracias a todos los increíbles enfermeras por todo lo que hacen por los niños y sus familias!

Join us in honoring moms next month!


This Mother’s Day, we’re asking you partner with us to help moms like Marisol provide for their children. If you donate $50 or more by April 30th, we’ll send a card to the person of your choice.

How your gift will help

G SquareMarisol is 19, and her 4-year-old daughter, Gabriela, is being treated by our partner, the Hospital del Niño DIF Hidalgo (HNH). Gabriela has leukemia and she is one of about 100 children who will be treated for cancer this year at HNH. Marisol wants the best for her daughter – and with your help – she can ensure that Gabriela gets the best possible treatment and care.

World Child Cancer USA is partnering with HNH to subsidize drug costs, create a parent support group, improve facilities, facilitate ongoing database management, train local nurses and doctors, and to provide education for families like Marisol’s to care for their children at home once they leave the hospital.

We hope you’ll join our celebration of Mother’s Day by giving a gift in honor of your Mom or another special person in your life. Your donation will help children in Mexico to beat cancer and to make sure they have many more happy years with their families.

How to Donate

To ensure delivery on-time delivery of a Mother’s Day card (by May 8th), all donations must be received by April 30th.

When you make your donation online, please check the box, “I would like to dedicate this donation to someone.” Next, fill out the box with the person’s name and address. The link to donate online is here: http://worldchildcancer.us/donate/

To donate by check, please make your check payable to World Child Cancer USA and mail to: World Child Cancer USA, 1031 33rd Street, Denver, CO 80203.

We will mail the Mother’s Day card, with an explanation of how your gift is helping children like Gabriela. Questions? Please email LeAnn at [email protected] Thank you!

‘Share with 10′ on International Childhood Cancer Day on Feb. 15

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Survival rates for children with cancer in the developing world are as low as 10% when in the developed world approximately 80% of children with cancer will survive. This inequality in cancer care for children should not exist.

Support us on International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15th in our ‘Share with 10′ campaign and help us to even the odds so that all children with cancer have the chance of a future.

It is very simple to get involved simply share the Maaria and Obasi story with 10 of your friends or family across your social media and ask them to ‪#‎sharewith10‬. Thank you so much for your support. Together ‪let’s even the odds for children with cancer across the developing world! You can download the PDF here. Make sure you share what you do on our Facebook and Twitter.

To find out more information on how you get involved please visit: http://worldchildcancer.us/get-involved/events/international-childhood-cancer-day/

If you would prefer to support us by making a donation please visit: http://worldchildcancer.us/donate/. For just $75 you could fund a round of chemotherapy for a child in Mexico; currently a cost that families have to bear and simply cannot afford.

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Mexico Visit: New project in Pachuca and Oaxaca

Did you know that childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 4 to 15 in Mexico? The World Child Cancer team kicked off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by visiting Hospital del Niño in Pachuca and Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña in Oaxaca. We’re partnering to improve childhood cancer treatment and care for children in Southeastern Mexico.

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World Child Cancer USA Board Member Dr. Terrie Flatt, of Children’s Mercy Kansas City, World Child Cancer’s USA’ Executive Director, LeAnn Fickes, and World Child Cancer’s Program Manager, Joe Dixon visited Mexico City, Pachuca, and Oaxaca September 1st – 5th. Read more about our visit below:

Visit to Hospital del Niño, Pachuca, Hidalgo

Wed. Sept. 2

Wednesday morning, Dr. Flatt, Joe, and LeAnn took the early morning bus to Pachuca. When we arrived at the Hospital del Nino DIF, we were greeted by the pediatric oncology team, director of the hospital, and a representative from the Governor’s wife. The Hospital del Nino DIF has been treating children with cancer since 2005 and last year, treated 73 children.

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Next, we took a tour of the hospital, pediatric oncology ward (including a new ward to open Sept. 16th), and a hostel for families and children next to the hospital.

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Ward refurbishments and equipment have been provided by a grant from the federal government and the first line of chemotherapy is supported by Seguro Popular, health insurance for low-income Mexicans.

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The hospital needs support in providing supportive medications, like antibiotics, and the second round of treatment. Children at the hospital live well-below the poverty line and families cannot afford even a small amount for drugs and other treatment costs. 40% of patients are indigenous and do not speak Spanish, which is a challenge for parent education and ensuring children take their medications once they leave the hospital. Currently, only 58% of children treated survive; education and support for costs of drugs and treatment are needed help more children beat cancer.

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The team at Hospital del Nino DIF are dedicated to improving care and treatment. Dr. Marco Antonia Escamilla Acosta, hospital director, said: “We hope we can give better services to our children with this alliance.” The hospital is very open to collaborating and helping train other hospitals in the region.

Visit to Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña, Oaxaca

Thurs. Sept. 3

Thursday morning we traveled by bus to Puebla, where we met pediatric oncologist Dr. Arturo Moreno Ramirez.

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After lunch, we Dr. Moreno drove us to Oaxaca and we arrived to a reception and dinner hosted by the Secretary of Health, Hector Gonzalez Hernandez, Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña Director, Dr. Isabel Dinorath Diaz Rojas, and the pediatric oncology team. Dr. Diaz gave a presentation on childhood cancer in Oaxaca and the challenges the team face at Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña.

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The hospital sees approximately 100 new cases of childhood caner per year and many children are diagnosed late. A few challenges the ward faces are late diagnosis due to distance traveled and families’ reliance on traditional medicine; language barrier: over 50% of families do not speak Spanish and they do not have translators on staff; and  lack of equipment. Like in Pachuca, the hospital needs help covering drug and treatment costs.

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On Friday, we visited the Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña and conducted our needs assessment with the pediatric oncology team and Dr. Diaz.

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Next, we toured the pediatric oncology ward (12 beds and 8 outpatient chemo chairs) and the new, empty ward, which is awaiting beds and equipment.

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We also visited the hostel onsite, run by a local NGO, where we were able to meet a few patients. Most of the patient’s families are farmers and live 10 or more hours by bus from the hospital. The hostel is currently at maximum capacity and has a waiting list. It is funded by a local charity, AMANC Oaxaca. The hospital desperately needs an addition to the hostel; children and their families on the waiting list currently sleep outside.

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We were fortunate to have a meeting with the Governor of Oaxaca, Gabino Cué Monteagudo and the Secretary of Health, Hector Gonzalez Hernandez. During the visit, the pediatric oncology team shared their challenges and asked for support from the state government. Joe gave an overview of World Child Cancer to  Governor Cué and local news. It was a very successful visit and a wonderful start to building a relationship with the government.

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We were very impressed by the dedication of the pediatric oncology team, hospital administration, and government officials in Oaxaca and are looking forward to a fruitful partnership.

Our visits to Hospital del Niño DIF Hidalgo & Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña was extremely successful and we feel World Child Cancer can have a tremendous impact on both hospitals. Alongside the very enthusiastic local teams and governments, we can improve childhood cancer care and treatment in Southeastern Mexico.

Thank you to the teams at the Hospital del Niño in Pachuca and Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña in Oaxaca, for hosting our visit. Also, thank you to all of our supporters, who made this visit and our future support possible. Thank you!

Dr. Flatt, Joe, and LeAnn