This June, in solidarity with Childhood Cancer International Survivors Network, UICC and SIOP members, we celebrate the life of our survivors. We honor their courageous journeys and recognize the challenges they continue to face.
Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,
At the heart of what we all are committed to doing, is ensuring that children with cancer everywhere, get the best treatment and care they deserve and thus improve their chance for a cure.
Over the years, in a number of countries, both in developed and middle income countries, childhood cancer survivorship has increased. We have a growing number of survivors who are living testimonies that childhood cancer is curable.
Thus, while we continue to advocate for initiatives that will lessen the inequities in survival rates between developed and developing countries, this June, we pause to focus on our childhood cancer survivors.
2015 THEME and AWARENESS CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
Our theme this year is ACT NOW – DO MORE for childhood cancer survivors. We have prepared an event briefer which you can share with your stakeholders and media partners as well as use in your informational campaign on this event.
We have also developed a new material .. a Primer on Myths and Misconceptions on Childhood Cancer Survivors. Myths are false beliefs that people hold /have about childhood cancer survivors. Misconceptions are wrong assumptions or ideas, based on inadequate or inaccurate information.
We have selected the 8 most common /prevalent myths and misconceptions on childhood cancer survivors, across countries and continents and matched it with the truth – the real facts.
For childhood cancer survivors to be fully welcomed and more easily reintegrated back into our communities and society, we need to help break these myths and misconceptions. We hope that the information provided in this primer will help you and the survivors, their families and other supporters to effectively respond and counter these wrong beliefs and false information.
The more correct information people have about childhood cancer survivors, the easier it will be for them to accept them, support them and be their champions.
We encourage you to translate these materials into your local language so it will be widely read, can be more easily understood and appreciated. We will soon send out translated versions in Spanish. Japanese, Arabic, French , Vietnamese and Chinese. We appreciate offers of translation to other languages.
You can also enliven these materials with pictures of your childhood cancer survivors (in countries where it is appropriate/acceptable).
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS TO BE USED for this AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
We encourage you to send/share with us the stories of survivors and their families, whom your organization has helped. Sharing their journeys will inspire and boost the hope of those who are still battling childhood cancer. It will also provide us with an opportunity to hear more survivors and know their wishes/dreams, needs and concerns.
EMAIL CONTACT ADDRESS
We encourage you to email firstname.lastname@example.org and share with us your current initiatives for survivors as well as what you plan to do in the month of June for and with childhood cancer survivors. This will be our contact point for this campaign. Kates will be responding to all your inquiries and concerns on this campaign as well.
Let us STAND TOGETHER with our childhood cancer survivors.
TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER.
Together, we will help build better
futures for our survivors.