Chairman’s Message

No Child Should Suffer

Childhood cancer is devastating for families and communities, especially in low- and middle-income countries, where children have little access to diagnosis and treatment. Throughout my career as a pediatric oncologist, I have had the privilege of working with international teams to improve survival rates in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. I have seen first hand how World Child Cancer’s projects improve survival rates and save lives.

4-year-old sarcoma patient Maung Thi Ha and his Mom at Yangon Children's Hospital in Myanmar

4-year-old sarcoma patient Maung Thi Ha and his Mom at Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar

As the chair of World Child Cancer USA, I look forward to helping more children with cancer and ensuring that children have access to the best possible treatment and care, regardless of where they were born. I thank you for your support and for partnering with us to save lives. Your contributions make it possible for us to subsidize the purchase of life-saving medicines, pain relievers, training of local nurses and doctors, delivery of awareness campaigns about the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer to local communities, and to support families throughout the diagnosis, treatment and care of their child – and ultimately improve survival rates for children with cancer in the developing world. Thank you!

I would like to share some exciting news with you: this holiday season the Board of Directors and I are personally matching contributions. From November 17th to December 31st, your donation will go twice as far and will have double the impact. I hope you will choose to donate to World Child Cancer USA and together we can give more children in the developing world a greater chance at surviving cancer.

Thank you again for supporting World Child Cancer USA.

Best wishes and many thanks,

Scott Howard, MD
World Child Cancer USA Chairman


World Child Cancer USA Elects New Chairman of the Board

Scott HowardScottsdale, AZ – September 30, 2014: – World Child Cancer USA (WCC-USA) is pleased to announce that Scott Howard, MD, Remedy Infomatic’s Chief Medical Officer, has been appointed Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Howard served on the faculty of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for 13 years—most recently as a professor – where he treated patients with leukemia and lymphoma and conducted research on supportive care and worked with the International Outreach Program as Director of Clinical Trials. He is the Chair of the SIOP PODC (Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries) Working Group for Twinning Programs and has worked extensively in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to improve pediatric cancer care.

Howard succeeds the previous WCC-USA Chairman, Louis Efron, the founder of the organization. Efron, an award-winning Fortune 300 human resources executive and author, founded WCC-USA in 2012 and served as the inaugural Chairman.

“I feel honored to have been able to build WCC-US with such an incredible team,” said Louis Efron, founder of WCC-USA. “I’d like to welcome Scott Howard as the new Chairman. The next chapter of WCC-USA is going to be a stellar one under his leadership and strategic vision.”

For a full Board of Directors list, biographies, and additional information about WCC-USA, visit www.worldchildcancer.us.

About WCC-USA

WCC-USA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment and care for children with cancer in low and middle-income countries. 100,000 children die needlessly every year from cancer. With basic treatment, at least 50%-60% can be saved. WCC-USA facilitates training partnerships between hospitals, medics and parent support groups in resource-rich and resource-poor countries to transfer knowledge, skills and expertise to improve survival rates and reduce suffering. For more information, please visit our website at www.worldchildcancer.us.

 


Thank you!

We’d like to thank Copper Kettle Brewing Company and Patxi’s Pizza Uptown for hosting fundraisers for World Child Cancer USA during Childhood Cancer Awareness month! A big thanks to all of our supporters that attended – thanks for coming out!

Just $10 provides chemo drugs for 1 child, like Olay, in the Philippines for 2 weeks. Your support is truly valuable. Thanks for giving back!

Olay aged 6  - a Wilms tumour  survivor in GenSan City

Olay, a Wilms tumour survivor in GenSan City in the Philippines

Interested in hosting a fundraiser or volunteering? Learn more about how you can help here.



Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: 3 Ways you can help

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 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.

Will you join us in raising awareness for kids with cancer around the globe? Here are 3 ways you can help:

  • Share our Facebook and Twitter posts throughout September. We’ll be sharing facts about childhood cancer and ways you can get involved.
  • If you’re in Denver, attend one of our events. Visit us at Copper Kettle Brewing Company on Sept. 16th from 3pm – 9pm. $1 from every pint will be donated to help kids at our projects. Event info here: http://ow.ly/AAcOO On September 22nd, come to Paxti’s Pizza Uptown. 10% of all dine-in, take-out, and catering orders will be donated to World Child Cancer USA! 
  • Create your own fundraiser. Ask your office about hosting a jeans or casual day to benefit World Child Cancer USA during September. 

Stay tuned for more ways you can help kids with cancer like Nober and raise awareness for childhood cancer! 

 

 


5 Myths and Facts about Childhood Cancer

February 15th is International Childhood Cancer Day!

We’d like to share some common myths about childhood cancer in the developing world:

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

Fact: Of the estimated 200,000 children who acquire cancer each year 80% live in low- middle income countries (LMIC) and have as little as 10-30% chance of cure (low and middle income respectively), compared to 80% or more in high income countries. 100,000 children with cancer are dying unnecessarily every year, and many, in pain.

LMIC cancer map

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.

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

Fact: Just $1,000 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.

Oscar, a Wilm's Tumor patient at World Child Cancer's project in Malawi. His treatment cost approximately $775 and was successful.

Oscar, a Wilm’s Tumor patient at World Child Cancer’s project in Malawi. His treatment cost approximately $775 and was successful.

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. To learn more about how World Child Cancer improves cancer diagnosis, care, and treatment, please visit our website here: http://worldchildcancer.us/what-we-do/

"Cancer is real. Cancer can be treated." Patients, families, and medical staff at World Child Cancer's project in Cameroon created t-shirts to raise awareness about childhood cancer.

“Cancer is real. Cancer can be treated.” Patients, families, and medical staff at World Child Cancer’s project in Cameroon created t-shirts to raise awareness about childhood cancer.

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

Fact: The line between communicable (CD) and non-communicable (NCD) diseases is blurring. Burkitt’s lymphoma, one of the most common cancers in Africa, is linked to the Epstein-Barr 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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Meet Alexander & Benjy: Young patients at St. Elizabeth Hospital

Meet Alexander and Benjy who I meet yesterday at the St Elizabeth Hospital in General Santos City.

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Alexander

Alexander is 4 years old and is a fun-loving, happy child.  But two years ago the story was very different when he was diagnosed with a germ cell tumour and had to undergo treatment lasting a year.  He was diagnosed at the St Elizabeth Hospital in General Santos City at one of Doc Mae’s four satellite centres.  Thanks to her strategy to taking diagnosis and treatment out to regional hospitals he was able to receive all his treatment in General Santos City which is relatively close to where he lives with his family.  The satellite network is designed to increase diagnosis and access to treatment whilst also reducing abandonment of treatment and it’s providing very effective.  It’s now one year post treatment and he’s doing very well.

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Benjy

Benjy is four years old and has got suspected Wilms tumor.  He was really overwhelmed yesterday when I met him because he had only been admitted to the St Elizabeth Hospital earlier that day.  He is being sent to the Southern Philippines Medical Centre in Davao (Doc Mae’s hub hospital) next week for a full diagnosis and, if necessary, the first part of his treatment.  He and his mother will be able to stay in the House of Hope which provides home away from home accommodation for patients and their families during diagnosis and treatment – another way to reduce abandonment of treatment.  If the diagnosis is early stage Wilms tumor, Benjy will have a good prognosis because it is curable in 60% of cases in the Philippines.

We drove back to Davao this morning through some beautiful scenery before Doc Mae and I head to Hong Kong tomorrow for the annual SIOP conference.

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                                              Scenery on the road trip back to Davao

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Cancer in the Developing World

International Childhood Cancer Day is on February 15th. All of our lives have been touched by cancer in some way. However, most of us in the US do not think about cancer in the developing world. Please read on to learn more about the global cancer burden and how you can help.

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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  Infographic Source: PRI 
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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  Infographic Source: American Cancer Society, Rising Global Cancer Epidemic

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 60% 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 $1,000 provides the drugs, treatment, and care for a child with cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to $500,000 in the United States.

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Pictured: 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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New Video – World Child Cancer USA

[youtube=http://youtu.be/kSvIsZeSNCk]Please take a minute and watch our first video!

A short video by World Child Cancer USA’s Chairman, President, and CEO Louis Efron about why he chose to lead the organization. Please watch and share!