Why It's Important
In the past twenty years, we have seen wonderful advancements in the diagnosis of childhood cancer and its treatment. Yet worldwide, too many children continue to lose their lives every year to cancer. We dream of a day when childhood cancer can be prevented, and gentler treatments cure every child diagnosed. And as therapies continue to improve, our childhood cancer survivorship population grows.
Children deserve a true cure, free from side effects. The definition of "cure" must transition from "not dying" to "living a life of quality." The sad reality is the world is not yet ready to support our survivors as they deserve. Survivors continue to require annual evaluations, medical attention, management for chronic issues, additional surgeries, and sometimes even treatment for secondary cancers. They struggle with hearing/vision loss, limb loss, reduction of organ function, infertility, stunted growth, cognative impairment, learning disorders, and executive dysfunction. Symptom management and reduction is inadequate. This is unacceptable.
All children - regardless of race, where they live, or financial status - deserve to break free from medical intervention and a life of pain and struggle. They deserve to be able to run and play with their friends, attend school, and dream of careers and/or raising a family, and then live those dreams.
PREP4Gold focuses on four key areas to improve the quality of life for our children.
Childhood Cancer Facts