"Like too many Americans, preventing childhood cancer is a cause very close to our hearts. We lost our Robin more than 60 years ago, but a day rarely goes by we don’t think of our little girl, especially when we see other children and their families struggling with cancer. We are very grateful to all the supporters and organizers of International Childhood Cancer Day, whose dream we share of a day when all children and their families can get the help they need. It is a dream that MUST come true."
"The chance for a cure, the chance to live, should not be an accident of geography. There is nothing scarier than realizing that your child has cancer. However, there is nothing more tragic than knowing that treatment and cure does exist for your particular child’s cancer and with excellent outcomes, BUT… that it is not available for your child. Why? Because your child happens to live in the wrong hemisphere! It is time to take action to stop this cruel atrocity …make your voices heard on International Childhood Cancer Day and demand from world leaders to ACT and HELP SAVE ALL CHILDREN regardless of where they live!"
"The majority of children with potentially curable cancers can get cured even in low-resource settings, and all children with advanced cancer can benefit from pain relief and palliative care. Children’s rights cannot be fulfilled and protected unless preventing and treating cancers is included as a priority within national cancer control programmes.
Together with NGOs such as Childhood Cancer International (formerly ICCCPO), WHO is strongly committed to supporting national efforts to control childhood cancers in low- and middle-income countries and to reach all children in need, wherever they are excluded and left behind. If we overcome the barriers that have kept these children from the services that they need and that are theirs by right, then more will grow up healthy and realize their full potential."
"A child with cancer casts a long shadow on families, communities and society as a whole. I take this opportunity to highlight the need for effective cancer treatments to be available to all children, wherever they happen to live, but also for increased efforts from the international community to understand the occurrence, causes and ways to prevent this most devastating of conditions.
On behalf of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, I am delighted to launch a new and wide-reaching report on the occurrence of childhood cancer in 80 countries worldwide on the occasion of the International Childhood Cancer Day 2017.
Reliable information is a vital foundation for planning and providing the resources needed to diagnose and treat children with cancer. However, the information also brings into sharp relief our limited understanding of what causes cancer in children and, as a result, the lack of opportunities available for prevention. "
"It is genuine cause for celebration that the prognosis for childhood cancer in the USA has improved as a result of better and more timely diagnosis and advances in therapy.
Our satisfaction with this welcome advance must be tempered by the fact that the situation in the poor countries of the world is very different.
For those children diagnosed with cancer, life is usually short and the end painful, as the availability of palliative care is woefully inadequate.
This day should therefore be one in which we rejoice in the advance, and join efforts to reduce the global inequity around childhood cancer."
"As a divided and divisive world we search for something that will unite us. There is nothing more important nor gratifying than for all of us to join hearts and hands and work to save the lives of children suffering from the tragedy of cancer. In doing so we might just save ourselves!"
"I’m pleased to support International Childhood Cancer Day and shine a light on children with cancer, survivors, and their families around the world. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated scientists and health care professionals, we’re making progress in our fight against childhood cancer but we’re not done yet. Let this day be an opportunity to unite around policies to raise awareness about childhood cancer, expand research and improve treatments, and help our young people live long and prosperous lives."
"Children with cancer and their families across the U.S. struggle daily with their disease, but they should know that they are not alone. On International Childhood Cancer Day we are reminded that while this terrible disease knows no borders, the international community is committed to come together to put an end to childhood cancer. Collectively, we have a chance to raise awareness and support efforts to eradicate cancer as a threat to all children."
"The idea of "unity is strength" was what moved us, 20 years ago to found ICCCPO (now CCI), to advocate more efficiently for the needs of our children and adolescents with cancer.
Nowadays, CCI and its partnership with international organizations working to make childhood cancer a public health priority, make us parents even more convinced that joining our voices; consolidating our efforts and coordinating our initiatives, we can win the fight against childhood cancer.
Many goals have been achieved, but many more pressing challenges remain.
Don’t stay thinking, ACT NOW!"
"Each child with cancer deserves a chance to live. Together we can give them that chance. There is a need to improve cure rates beyond 75% survival, to improve palliative care, to reduce the long-term effects and to enhance rehabilitation. Also this knowledge needs to be transferred to developing countries. Governments can help make this happen."
"As a paediatric oncologist, I am determined to use my time as UICC President to sensitise global health and development stakeholders to the global inequity in access to life saving care for children with cancer. We have great knowledge and achieve significant improvements in survival – often as high as 80-90% - and quality of life for the majority of childhood cancers. Small investments to improve services have an immediate impact on patient outcomes, even in resource-constrained settings, where currently survival rates can be 20% or lower. Expressed in life years gained, there is no better investment to be made. Children everywhere have the right this level of care and chance for cure – childhood cancer is not beyond us."
"This year, the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) is honoured to be associated with Childhood Cancer International and the celebration of the International Childhood Cancer Day. Around the globe, paediatric oncologists, alongside parents and families, are fighting for every child, having in mind the SIOP vision that 'no child should die of cancer'.
Disparity of resources is one of the main challenges paediatric oncology teams face in the current world; in some places, cure rates are up to 80%, and we should be proud of this. However, we should not forget that in other places, children have limited or no access to cancer medications that would save their live. Some are not even diagnosed. We still have a long way to go, that includes research and collaboration, but also advocacy to make the SIOP and CCI vision a reality. Please spread the word on this during ICCD!"
"The International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) is proud to support International Childhood Cancer Day initiatives worldwide on 15 February. Created and led by Childhood Cancer International (formerly the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations), SIOP joins children with cancer and their parents along with childhood cancer survivors, in commemorating this important day. The theme this year will focus on highlighting the urgent need to address universal access to essential medicines, treatment, care and support for children with cancer. SIOP is asking its members and partners from all corners of the globe to join CCI in solidarity by calling on their governments, and asking their key opinion leaders and health authorities to make the fight against childhood cancer a top priority in their countries. Unity is strength. One stick can easily be broken but together in a bundle, they are harder to break. The power of unity can never be underestimated. SIOP’s vision is that no child should die of cancer."
"There is a long journey to the cure for childhood cancer; some success is visible but the cure rates and the quality of care are far from optimal. To understand the causes of cancer and the improvement of treatment will be our key objectives. The uneven level of care from a global point of view is another obstacle which needs to be overcome. Future care for the survivors is essential as well. There is reason for optimism as so many people work together. Let us hope that new political obstacles will not slow this down."
"We all have the necessary tools in our hand to substantially reduce mortality from global childhood cancer. It is time for a concerted action between civil society, government, media and industry to use these tools in the best way possible, for the affected children/adolescents, regardless of where they live, so children/adolescents will no longer suffer unnecessarily from cancer."
"We at the International Pediatric Association (IPA) proudly proclaim our readiness and willingness to “STAND UP and SPEAK OUT” for kids with cancer, the survivors and their families as Childhood Cancer International (CCI) commences with this year’s International Childhood Cancer Day campaign (ICCD).
The IPA wholeheartedly declares its solidarity in supporting the organization’s unified message and ultimate goal in making childhood cancer a greater public health priority. As the global umbrella organization for more than 150 pediatric societies, the IPA has more than a century of experience in collaborating and actively supporting partnerships that help children and save lives.
The IPA shares in CCI’s core belief that ‘every child with cancer deserves the best possible medical and psychosocial care, regardless of country of origin, race, financial status or social class.’
Let February 15th, International Childhood Cancer Day, be a day that influences both awareness and attitudes in engaging the fight against childhood cancer!"
"Globally, too many children are still dying from cancers that can be cured. Survival rates of 20% in low and middle income countries vs 80% in high income countries underscore just how inequitable our health care systems are.
All children, wherever they are born, deserve access to high quality life-saving health services and medicines. As a global community, we must remind ourselves, children are not ‘little adults’. They have unique needs, and do not have the means or voice to advocate for themselves."
"Cancer and other non-communicable diseases are not just a problem for the elderly and the wealthy. They also affect the young and the poor just as much, if not more. The voices of youth living with NCDs – especially in low-income countries and communities – must be heard by the leaders who are developing global and regional policies and development plans to combat NCDs, if these plans are to be relevant and embraced by future generations."
"No child should die in the dawn of life..., anywhere. Let’s make this our Moonshot"
"As Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), I am proud to lend our support to the February 15th Global International Childhood Cancer Day initiatives.
Despite the progress we have made in improving the outcome for children with cancer through research, we must devote a renewed sense of urgency to developing more effective and less toxic treatments for all children with cancer. Too many of our children must endure months to years of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, and for those children whose treatment does afford ‘cure’, the long-term effects of cancer and its treatment can be significant.
We must accelerate our research efforts and deliver better outcomes to children and families through increased research support and stronger partnerships with government funding agencies, biopharmaceutical companies, regulatory agencies and academic medical centers. Our children deserve nothing less."
"‘Together for kids with cancer. Together for better futures.’ – As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick’s has built its foundation on the power of people working together to conquer childhood cancers.
We’re proud to join forces with Childhood Cancer International and the ICCD coalition to help further raise awareness about childhood cancers and to spark even more people to take action."
"On this International Childhood Cancer Day it is important to remember all those children around the world who experience cancer. For those living in low and middle income settings, access to curative care is limited, with limited chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment available. For them, and for children for whom treatment has not been successful, the need for palliative care is great.
With over 21 million children worldwide needing palliative care, some of whom have cancer, and less than 5% having access to palliative care, we need to ensure that not only do children with cancer have access to treatment, but also to palliative care so that they need not suffer pain and other symptoms. Together, we can work for kids with cancer and together, for a better future for all children."
"Children with cancer remain children and deserve the best possible quality of life, while living with their condition.
Palliative care, available from the time of diagnosis, through a holistic approach, to care for the child and family, can help to control pain and other distressing symptoms, physical, emotional and spiritual.
Palliative care can also help the child live as well as possible, as long as possible."
"The Max Foundation has a deep commitment to supporting children diagnosed with cancer around the world. Our organization was started to honor Max, my step-son who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) before the time of targeted therapies. Our experience caring for him inspired us to apply the knowledge we gained through his cancer journey to help other families in Latin America and beyond.
We know that children facing cancer in low and middle income countries (LMICs) are among the most vulnerable of the populations affected by the disease. Statistics show us that while 90 percent of children in the US are surviving childhood cancers, only 10 percent of children facing the same diseases survive in LMICs. At The Max Foundation, we believe that all people living with cancer have the right to access the best treatment and support; and this most certainly applies to children as so many pediatric cancers are treatable with access to therapy and support.
The Max Foundation proud be part of International Childhood Cancer Day and the alliance taking action to end childhood cancer."
"I aspire to the day when all that we recognize and celebrate is International Childhood Cancer SURVIVOR’S Day. In the interim, I must admit that dedicating only a single day to acknowledging the tremendous unmet need for children with cancer is woefully inadequate. Although the outcome for children with cancer has improved dramatically in the past 3 decades, the fact that the majority of children with cancer worldwide do not and cannot benefit from the treatment advances made possible through collaborative research in developed countries mandates a call to action. That call is for expanded educational and training opportunities, patient and family support, and access to essential medicines and other important treatment modalities necessary for appropriate cancer management even in the least-resourced parts of the world where cures are potentially achievable in some patients with relatively non-toxic therapy. Assuring that childhood cancer as a non-communicable disease public health menace advances in priority on the health agenda worldwide and in every nation irrespective of financial status requires the global cooperation and commitment of scientists, care providers, families, and advocates working together … not for a day, but for as long it takes!"