World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter and adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on 4 February 2000.
This Charter aimed at the promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients, and the mobilisation of the global community against cancer. Now in its 16th year, World Cancer Day is asking the global community to participate in a number of ways (Get Involved in World Cancer Day
). Here are three ways The Kids’ Cancer Project is actively supporting children diganosed with cancer.
1. Shaping Policy Change
In March 2015, The Kids’ Cancer Project along with Canteen and the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Haematology / Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) participated in a Senate Inquiry in to the availability of new, innovative and specialist cancer drugs in Australia.
The response called on the Australian government to make childhood cancer a priority and to address three key areas:
- Encouraging the pharmaceutical industry to develop and trial new drugs for children with cancer
- Streamlining regulatory processes to allow access to new drugs for children
- Recognising that clinical trials are an essential component of the care of children with cancer
2. Speaking Out
The Kids’ Cancer Project is committed to advocating on behalf of children fighting cancer and their families, and raising awareness about childhood cancer in the wider community.
We conducted a News Poll (February 2014) which revealed 80 per cent of Australians do not know that more children die from cancer than any other disease.
In 2015, The Kids’ Cancer Project supported a national and international campaign recognising September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to increase awareness nation-wide.
3. Funding Science
Most importantly, The Kids’ Cancer Project is funding $4.4 million in to childhood cancer research in 2015/16 financial year.
Founder and Director of the charity, Col Reynolds OAM, voiced his passion as he continues the work he started in 1993.
“I have looked into the eyes of so many children with cancer and promised them I would dedicate my life to finding a cure," he said. "I won’t ever give up. And that means we need more funds for more research.”
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