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!


World Child Cancer USA joins partner at state-wide conference

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Dr. Flatt and nurses from the the Hospital del Nino DIF Hidalgo

Our partner hospital, Hospital del Nino DIF Hidalgo’s (HNH), is hosting the International Congress of Quality in Healthcare June 8 to June 9. HNH is dedicated to providing the best quality care for children with cancer and the conference is dedicated to sharing best practices. The hospital first hosted this innovative conference last year which brings together hospital administrators, doctors, social workers, and nurses, from all over the state of Hidalgo.

World Child Cancer USA’s Board Chair, Dr. Scott Howard, and World Child Cancer USA’s Executive Director, LeAnn Fickes, joined the panel for a session on partnering with international nonprofits. Dr. Howard and LeAnn led a discussion on our program, how people in Hidalgo can help, and our partnerships with local Mexican nonprofits, AMANC and Casa de la Amistad. Also, Board member and project lead from Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Dr. Terrie Flatt, is a panelist and is staying an extra day to discuss program activities and long term planning.

Thank you to HNH for organizing the congress and for inviting World Child Cancer USA to participate! A big thanks to our Project Coordinator, Arturo González, for helping organize the congress.


Meet the Nursing Team at the Hospital del Niño DIF

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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!

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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!


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!

 


Welcome to our New Team Members!

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Executive Director, LeAnn Fickes, and new Development and Outreach Manager, Hap Pitkin at our Posner Center office

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Christina in Uganda for her Master’s Thesis

We’d like to offer a big welcome to our newest team members, Hap Pitkin and Christina Cubitt. Both Hap and Christina started this week and are a wonderful addition to the World Child Cancer USA Team!

Hap is Development and Outreach Coordinator for World Child Cancer USA and will lead our fundraising efforts in Colorado and beyond. Christina is our Development Intern and she’s leading our social media and community fundraising efforts. Learn more about Hap and Christina here.

 

 

 



Introducing our first World Child Cancer USA Ambassadors

World Child Cancer USA Ambassador, Dawn Polk, raising awareness on World Cancer Day 2016

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.