As we start 2018 we must look back upon the year that has just passed. For many of us, 2017 was filled with sadness and the loss of too many children who were gone too soon. More than 300,000 children around the world faced a childhood cancer diagnosis and too many of them had little hope for a cure. Some of these were our own children; some were children whom we served through our organizations. My hope is that time will bring healing and as former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said, “There will come a day when the thought of your son or daughter (or your husband or wife) brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye.”
As we work together in 2018 we must always keep focused on the knowledge that as individuals, member organizations and together as CCI, we continued to serve children and adolescents with cancer and their families around the world. We raise awareness, increase access to care, staff treatment centers, advocate to the highest levels of government regionally, nationally and internationally, create coalitions with other key stakeholders and provide support to hundreds of thousands of children fighting this disease, survivors and their families. Together, we have become the largest childhood cancer grassroots organization in the world with a global network of 188 member organizations in 96 countries all strongly committed to “Advancing Cure & Transforming Care.”
On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am thrilled to share that in January 2018 the World Health Organization’s Executive Board announced at their 142nd session the decision to admit Childhood Cancer International into official relations with the WHO. As we work together on the joint 3 year plan with the WHO, I want to thank each and every one of you for your commitment to our common vision that children and adolescents with cancer benefit from the best possible treatment, care and support wherever they live in the world.
Together in 2018, we will continue to dream and to take more steps towards the goals that will help to further this cause that is so dear to each of our lives. It is a time to start where we are, use what we have and do what we can.
- One opportunity to Build Awareness and Mobilize Support is through supporting CCI Signature Events includingInternational Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD), which is held February 15th each year. (http://www.internationalchildhoodcancerday.org). We encourage all member organizations and childhood cancer stakeholders to participate on Feb. 15th 2018 to highlight the need for concerted local and global actions to address the growing challenges posed by childhood cancer.
- Another opportunity is to engage in collaborative initiatives with other CCI members and regional committees.
- We encourage you to take the opportunity to share expertise and learn from others through participation in CCI regional conferences as well as to plan ahead to attend the annual Congress which will take place in Kyoto, Japan Nov. 16-19th, 2018 (http://siop-online.org/event/siop-2018/)
- The CCI Board also encourages members to share your program successes via our newsletter and social media by sending summaries and pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The CCI Board of Trustees is volunteers. Many do this in addition to leading CCI member organizations as well as their own careers. I couldn’t be more proud to introduce the following 2018 Board of Trustees as approved at the AGA, October 14, 2017 in Washington DC.
|Ruth Hoffman||United states of America||President|
|Carmen Auste||Philippines||Immediate Past President, VP|
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and myself, I wish all of you the best in 2018 as we work together to Advance Cure and Transform Care for children and adolescents with cancer.
Ruth Hoffman MPH, President, Childhood Cancer International