International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness of childhood cancer and express support for children and adolescents with cancer, survivors, and their families. The theme for 2022 'Better survival' is achievable. The best survivability is attainable. In September 2018, the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer was launched to achieve at least 60% survival worldwide and reduce the suffering of all children with cancer by 2030. Achieving this goal will save the lives of millions more children, while also improving the quality of life of all children and young people with cancer. The 60% target roughly doubles the 2018 global cure rate for children with cancer. The focus of each of these initiatives is low and middle-income countries, where the greatest public health benefits will be achieved. The journey of childhood cancer looks very challenging both physically and emotionally. The child life specialists who support us, and continue to support, are nothing sort of angels. They hold a special place in our hearts. I know that families tend to say that the day their child was diagnosed with cancer was the worst day of their lives, but I don't think people in general understand unless they have experienced it, the terror and sheer loss of control that it entails a diagnosis. Another thing that isn't mentioned as much is the mental and physical toll it takes on you. Let's beat cancer together by spreading as much awareness as we can.

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