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.

2015 Program Report

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Families and patients at our partner hospital, Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña

In 2015, World Child Cancer helped 3,911 children and facilitated the training of 1,500 medical professionals, globally. 12,400 children have been helped since World Child Cancer’s first project in 2009.

Please read our 2015 Program Report for updates on World Child Cancer’s global family of projects. View the report here: http://ow.ly/10xpKS.

Thank you to all of our supporters – thanks to your generosity, we were able to help more children in 2015 than every before. Thank you!


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.

Patient Corner: Meet Mayte in Oaxaca

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Mayte and her Mom

Mayte is a 7 year old with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña. Like many of the children at the hospital, Mayte and her Mom travel over 12 hours by bus twice a week for Mayte’s chemotherapy treatments. Mayte’s family are farmers and the each trip costs $50 by bus. Local nonprofit, Amanc Oaxaca, funds travel costs and hostel stays for families. However, there is a long waiting list and the organization can not fund all travel and the hostel is over capacity. Many families traveling distances of up to 18 hours by bus, sleep outside. World Child Cancer is partnering with the hospital and Amanc Oaxaca to ensure children and their families have a safe place to stay and help with transportation costs.

Mayte and her Mom are thankful they are able to stay at the hostel and for the treatment and care Mayte receives at Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña. Stay tuned for ways you can help children like Mayte. Read more about our new project in Mexico 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

New Project: Southeastern Mexico Regional Childhood Cancer Network

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Exciting news: our Board member, Dr. Terrie Flatt, Executive Director, LeAnn Fickes, and World Child Cancer‘s, Joe Dixon, are kicking off Childhood Cancer Awareness month by traveling to Mexico this week to launch a new project in Mexico. We’re partnering with Hospital del Niño in Pachuca, and Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña in Oaxaca, to improve childhood cancer treatment and care for children in Southeastern Mexico.

Read more below:

Project Leaders:   Dr. Yannis Cortes, Hospital del Niño DIF, Dr. Arturo Moreno Ramirez, Hospital de la Niñez Oaxaqueña

Project Mentors:    Dr. Terrie Flatt, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Dr.  Scott Howard, World Child Cancer USA

Summary:  Approximately 700 childhood cancer cases are expected in the southeastern region of Mexico. Many of these children do not have access to childhood cancer diagnosis treatment. 5-year survival rates are less than 50% for children who do receive treatment, due to incompletion of treatment. World Child Cancer is facilitating the training of healthcare professionals, educating parents on treatment compliance, raising awareness of childhood cancer – all with the goal of improving survival rates and quality of life for children with cancer in Mexico. The regional network will be expanded to additional hospitals in 2016.

Key Problems:

  • Lack of awareness of the symptoms and curability of childhood cancer
  • Late and misdiagnosis and high rates of abandonment of treatment
  • Poor accessibility – over 70% of patients live too far away to afford travel
  • Lack of education for families around follow-up treatment and infection prevention
  • No reliable childhood cancer database

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates during our visit!

Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness MonthSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  The team at World Child Cancer are launching a major campaign to raise awareness and funds to recognize this significant annual event. We’d like to thank you for your past support and we hope you’ll join us and Go Gold this September.

Why are we going gold? 

The gold ribbon is the international symbol for childhood cancer awareness; it represents how precious children are. During September we are inviting you to take part in a number of different ways to support our work and help us raise awareness of the inequality of global treatment and diagnosis for children fighting cancer.  Please continue reading to find out more.

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Get involved

There are three main ways to Go Gold and get involved this September:

1. Organize or Take Part in a Go Gold Walk

If you feel like getting active to support our campaign, why not organize or take part in a Go Gold walk? Find out about our walks that have already been organized or arrange one locally for your family and friends. To get more information please visit our Go Gold Walk webpage.


You can also buy one of our limited edition Go Gold T-shirts or badges to wear throughout September to help raise awareness and funds.

2. Join one of our Events

Supporters in Denver: please join us at the Posner Center for International Development on September 23rd from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. The event is free and donations will be accepted. Wear gold and help us raise awareness for children with cancer around the world. Please visit our website here to find other Go Gold events. If you or your business would like to host a Go Gold event, please respond to this email.

3. Take our ‘Give up to Give More’ Challenge

If you are looking for an another idea, take our ‘Give up to Give More’ challenge this September. The challenge is to give up one or more of your regular treats throughout the month, so that you can donate the money you save at the end of the month. To learn more and to sign up, please visit our website. For questions on any of the above, please email us at [email protected]
If you aren’t interested in getting involved in any of the three Go Gold initiatives you can still support our work by making a small donation to our CrowdRise page or website.

How Your Support Helps

The money raised in our September Campaign and the rest of the year, goes to help treat and care for children with cancer across the developing world.

Everything you raise, no matter how small, will make a big difference to the lives of children with cancer across the world. For example, just $10 will provide will provide effective pain relief for two children for a week in Malawi and $75 will provide life saving chemotherapy drugs for a child in Ghana.

Thank you so much for helping to raise awareness and funds for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Best wishes,
World Child Cancer USA Team


2014 Annual Report

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We are pleased to share our first Annual Report    with you. Last year, World Child Cancer was able to help hospitals in 16 countries that cared for 3,460 children with cancer. Through our medical twinning partners – hospitals like Dana Farber and Boston Children’s Hospital – we helped train 1,000 healthcare professionals in 16 low and middle income countries where we work.

Please read our Annual Report to learn more about what we do and how your contributions have directly impacted the lives of children with cancer in developing countries. You can find the report on our website here: http://ow.ly/P6EBn

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Diego Estrada running the Colfax Half Marathon for World Child Cancer USA

Diego Estrada running the Colfax Half Marathon for World Child Cancer USA

Diego Estrada ran his first ever half marathon for World Child Cancer USA last weekend. Want to know what it’s like to train for a half marathon? Watch Diego’s video on his journey running the Colfax half marathon and learn what motivated him to the finish line.

Thank you to Diego for running to raise awareness of childhood cancer and for making this fantastic video!

Diego and Andrew – also featured in the video – both ran their first half marathons for us and finished in under 2 hours. Way to go!

Are you interested in taking a challenge for World Child Cancer USA? Email [email protected] or Tweet @WChildCancerUSA to join our team!