For those of us who have heard the words “your child or teen has cancer,” we know this is not just something that happens in the United States. It happens to families across the globe, everyday! In fact, there are more than 300,000 children under the age of 19 diagnosed around the world each year. 80% of these children are from low-middle income countries where access to treatment and cure are too often beyond reach.
We also know that as a united front, from every country together, we have the opportunity to change the impact of this devastating diagnosis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is inviting families to share our stories to raise awareness of childhood cancer as a unique and significant type of Noncommunicable Disease (NCD). We ask you to share your story and be a voice for those who have none!
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This is an opportunity to share YOUR personal story of approximately 400 words about how childhood cancer impacted your life; the measures taken to treat the child in your country; the actions of stakeholders that were helpful; as well as your perspective on how government can enable support to improve childhood cancer outcomes. Short stories can be written from the perspective of the patient, survivor, parent or healthcare worker. We are looking to highlight the childhood cancer challenges that exist and the great potential to overcome them.
*Note: We would like to include high quality photos to show the child or teen who is featured in the story, as well as tell the story through the image. We ask that your NCD story and photo please be emailed to:
email@example.com and to us here at ACCO (copy and paste email) at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for your timely response to this enormous opportunity.
Ruth I Hoffman, MPH, Executive Director of ACCO and
Vice Chair of Childhood Cancer International