International Childhood Cancer Day February 15th

Athletes For Children, has joined 177 organizations of Childhood Cancer International (formerly ICCCPO) in 90 countries, 1500 plus members in 84 countries of SIOP International Society of Pediatric Oncology) , 760 members of UICC (Union for International Cancer Control ) in 155 countries and members of ICPCN (International Children's Palliative Care Network), in Celebrating International Childhood Cancer Day. On this day, we remember and honor the bravery and courage of children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families.

Together, let us advocate for the BEST for children and adolescents with cancer:Better access to childhood cancer treatment and care;
Enhanced availability and access to affordable and/or free essential, good quality childhood cancer medications, including those for pain treatment;
Social protection through inclusion of childhood cancer in social health insurance or universal health coverage;
Stronger pediatric palliative care;
Treatments that are targeted and less toxic, developed and approved, leading to decreased chronic late effects for survivors of childhood cancers.

Through this campaign, we demonstrate our organizations support to the United Nations and WHO call for “Health for All”, “Unified Action against Non-Communicable Diseases” as well as the UNICEF call for Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child.

NCI supports a broad range of research to better understand the causes, biology, and patterns of childhood cancers and to identify the best ways to successfully treat children with cancer. In the context of clinical trials, researchers are treating and learning from young cancer patients. Researchers are also following childhood cancer survivors to learn about health and other issues they may face as a result of their cancer treatment. To learn more, see Childhood Cancers Research.

Watch this video to hear how parents moved forward after their child was diagnosed with cancer and found a hospital with expertise in treating children with cancer.