The power for creating a better future for children/adolescents with cancer, lies in each one of us and in what we do in the present. Today, as we celebrate International Childhood Cancer Day, let us honor the extraordinary courage and strength of children/adolescents with cancer, who at a very young age, have to go through a long, arduous and painful treatment journey.
Let us recognize and support the incredible determination and resolve of their parents and families, who do everything humanly possible to fight for and save the lives of their children.
Let us appreciate and thank the many dedicated medical practitioners, health care professionals, volunteers and supporters, who give untiringly of their time, expertise and experience to ensure continuing improvement in the quality of treatment and care for children/adolescents with cancer.
Let us acknowledge and work with international development organizations as well as national governments that have recognized and are responding to the needs of children /adolescents with cancer and the survivors.
Together, we can do so much more for children /adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. In the days ahead, let’s work with greater focus, stronger collaboration and enhanced synergies, so that inequities in care and survivorship can be eliminated.
Let us join forces and advocate for more support for childhood cancer research, cure and care, so that in our lifetime, childhood cancer deaths and disability can be substantially minimized.
Let us be there for every child/adolescent with cancer, the survivors and their families, wherever they may be, so that the cancer journey will be less isolating, traumatic and catastrophic.
Let us never forget that “the essence of creating a better future is in taking care of the children”; “when one child suffers, the whole nation, the whole world suffers”.
Carmen Auste. Global Chair, Childhood Cancer International.