PREP4Gold is a sweeping initiative approaching the issue of prevention as it relates to every aspect of childhood cancer:
reducing the number of children diagnosed with cancer
eliminating the harmful effects from toxic and outdated therapies
removing disparities in care of underserved populations
tackling the struggles experienced by survivors
protecting families from the often-overlooked psychosocial harm associated with the diagnosis of childhood cancer and lifelong side effects
PREP4Gold takes a 360-degree, prevention-sensitive approach to prepare the next generation of care for children fighting cancer, one that strives for our children to thrive, not just survive!
Central to our philosophy is the concept of prevention in every aspect of childhood cancer. Prevention in its true form includes avoiding children from developing cancer altogether, lessening the financial burdens from the diagnosis, precluding the complex of harms that impact survivors as a result of treatment as well as environmental concerns throughout their entire lives, and protecting the psycho-social impact upon children and the family. We strive to apply the concept of prevention in a 360-degree strategy to address the most pressing issues faced by children and families as a result of the diagnosis.
PREP4Gold’s approach to childhood cancer research can be summed up in one word: impact. With limited yet precious resources, we seek to identify forward-thinking aggressive research efforts aimed at moving the needle ahead. With the aim to reduce duplicative funding, organizationally our goal is outcome driven rather than incrementally focused.
Education is more than raising awareness, it is empowering people with information, making effective change possible. Parental education is needed to further ease the impact of treatment and survivorship on their children, themselves as care providers, and their families. It also provides confidence to families of underserved populations that treatment is possible and outlines how to acquire vital care to save their children. Education is imperative for our childhood cancer experts to expand the spectrum of care to include psychosocial support and financial counseling for families to successfully manage medical expenses. Educating professionals outside the childhood cancer community on core competencies increases the workforce who can provide customized care to our children in treatment, our survivors, and their families.
Programs provide the remedy and solutions to the many challenges experienced by children and their families impacted by childhood cancer. Through a team-spirited approach collaborating with like-minded colleagues, PREP4Gold strives to design programs born in the laboratory, clinic, legislature and by families themselves. It takes innovative programming to improve the landscape of childhood cancer and survivorship, and provide a life of quality for our children.
Contact us if you would like to get involved in one of our committees:
Prevention, Treatment, Cure, Survivorship, or Finance/Fundraising.