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Did you know that children with cancer are 60% more likely than their classmates to be bullied? Click to see the public service announcement video by the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer.

Warning. This PSA contains strong emotional content. #ChildhoodCancer #FunnyCancer

Please watch this informative video on bullying.

The public service announcement video below was produced by the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2)in response to the reality that children and adolescents with cancer and childhood cancer survivors experience an increased risk of bullying. We encourage you to not only watch, but also share this important message to help reduce bullying against childhood cancer patients, or any child.

Bullying in the Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Community

Some childhood and adolescent cancer patients and survivors may be at risk for bullying because they appear or act differently due to the effect of their disease or treatment. Children and adolescents who have or have had cancer are much more likely (more than 60%) to face bullying than their healthy classmates.

Bullying, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), is aggressive behavior where someone intentionally and repeatedly injures another person or causes them discomfort. It can be physical contact, but also manifests as taunting words or social exclusion. The person being bullied doesn’t cause the bullying and may be unable to defending him or herself.

The APA goes on to say that cyberbullying, bullying that happens through online interactions, is also a problem. Cyberbullying might include sending hurtful or threatening messages, spreading rumors, or posting embarrassing photos of others.

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This Friday (February 15th) is International Childhood Cancer Day–see below for resources suitable for social media and printables

The following is from Vickie Buenger, President of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer www.cac2.org and is being shared with the membership of CAC2.


This Friday is International Childhood Cancer Day. To help your planning, I am forwarding the information and images that Jess and Neal (as Awareness and Advocacy leads) have pulled together to support a coordinated campaign around this opportunity and make it easier for CAC2 members to participate if they choose to. CAC2 members will receive the information contained below on Wednesday, and they will receive a second email early on Friday morning. If you already have your own plans, great. This is just to simplify the process a bit.

With appreciation — Vickie

Toolbox for International Childhood Cancer Day – celebrated worldwide on February 15

Toolbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b5gderkv40fc8mf/AADScr36d6m-OCjX-_L6xXM4a?dl=0

This year, ICCD is focusing on reducing cancer and treatment related pain. In 2011, a study found that 65.6% of countries worldwide offered no palliative care services for children. Help us fight for #NoMorePain.

What is ICCD? International Childhood Cancer Day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness and promote an increased appreciation and deeper understanding of the challenges faced by children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. ICCD spotlights the need for more equitable access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere.

DOWNLOAD: Please feel free to download the ICCD 2019 Toolkit HERE. You can find the artwork for the new ICCD logo, as well as custom posters, graphs and social media tools, specifically created for member organizations to use in the event planning process to raise awareness about the need to eliminate pain and suffering of children with cancer.

EDUCATE: The CCI Board of Trustees applaud the 2018 release of the WHO’s palliative care guide entitled, Integrating Palliative Care and Symptom Relief into Paediatrics: A WHO guide for healthcare planners, implementers and managers. CCI encourages all members to share this valuable document with those in your countries who provide the planning, implementing, managing or assuring access to quality of palliative care for children. Download HERE.

ADD FRAME TO SOCIAL MEDIA: Raise awareness about the need to reduce cancer and treatment related pain by participating in our #NoMorePain Campaign! Use our Facebook Frames found in the Toolkit to raise awareness of children and their families in your country. Please use the hashtag #NoMorePain as well as #ICCD2019 when posting on social media.

Improving Outcomes for Canadian Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer: A proposal for a working relationship with Health Canada [Ac2orn]

Despite gains in childhood, adolescent and young adult (CAYA) cancer research and treatment, Canadian children continue to die. Advocacy for Canadian Childhood Oncology Research Network (Ac2orn) has a plan for a coordinated Canadian effort to ensure that survival rates continue to increase, that research capacity is strengthened, and that Canada continues to lead in CAYA oncology. Our plan is supported by 30 Oncologists and 31 different cancer organizations.

Here is the link to the proposal: caya_cancer_research-Canada_health_system_efficiencies-proposal_exec_summary-jun19_2018

Terry Fox is the First Recipient of the Order of the Oak

Terry Fox is the first person to be honoured with the Ac2orn Order of the Oak award recognizing excellence in childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer research and advocacy in Canada.

Advocacy for Canadian Childhood Oncology Research Network, Ac2orn, announced today that Terry Fox will receive the first Order of the Oak award recognizing excellence in childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer research and advocacy in Canada. The Order of the Oak is an award that will be given out yearly during the month of September in recognition of childhood cancer awareness month.

At Ac2orn, we believe that childhood cancer can lead to better treatment for all Canadians,” said Patrick Sullivan, a co-founder of Ac2orn. “We wanted the award to recognize someone who through advocacy or research exemplifies leadership and has made a significant contribution to advancing Canadian cancer research. When it comes to leadership and contribution we could think of no one more deserving of the inaugural Order of the Oak than Terry Fox.”

To read the entire release, click on Order of the Oak 2015.

To learn more about Ac2orn go to www.cureseforourkids.com