Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Childhood Cancer International Board of Trustees, to welcome you to the 48th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology.
This conference brings together leading experts from around the world, health professionals in pediatric oncology, as well as parents/families of kids with cancer, and childhood cancer survivors. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to interact, broaden our knowledge on new advances and initiatives, share experiences and celebrate successes. This annual conference also provides us with the platform to reflect and review what we are doing and identify what more we can do for children/adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. I am hopeful that through exchange of ideas and experiences, we will gain insights on better pathways for action and enhance our capacities to more effectively respond to the needs of kids with cancer, the survivors and their families.
There is an old Irish proverb which says: In our togetherness, castles are built (Trí na chéile a thógtar na cáisléain.P ). I hope that in the next 4 days, through spending time in dialogue and conversations, we will build scaleable and sustainable solutions to key issues that children/adolescents with cancer and their families are confronted with.
While we spend time learning from each other, let us continue to inspire and encourage each other even more. Last year in Capetown, South Africa, we committed to : Inspire each other to INNOVATE, DREAM BIGGER and DO MORE, for children/adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. This is very much in line with the recent challenge of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who said “ We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts… Let us resolve to end the injustice of preventable suffering from this disease, as part of our larger push, to leave no one behind”.
This year, let us strengthen our collective resolve, to secure better access to care and a better future for children/adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. Let us recommit to doing our best, so that their needs and concerns are amplified and they receive the care and attention they deserve .
In this time of huge transformational change, there are windows of opportunity we need to boldly maximize and challenges we must courageously face. Let us continue to inspire and energize each other to : Think Differently, Act Differently and Do More, Together for kids with cancer, the survivors and their families.
All the best,
Carmen Vallejo Auste