What would you do if your child was sick? Spend your life’s savings? Sleep under a tarp in a parking lot for months? Walk through flooded fields infested with poisonous snakes to reach a hospital?
Mothers are fierce advocates for children’s care. These are all real examples of the lengths mothers in our programs have gone to in the hope of saving their children.
Unfortunately, despite their care and determination, some parents never even get a diagnosis for their child. Many of the 300,000 children with cancer worldwide never receive an accurate diagnosis, and die without treatment or effective pain relief.
This Mother's Day, help World Child Cancer equip our Mexico partner hospitals with proper diagnostic equipment and supplies. Approximately 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in Mexico and 50% of those children will die from their cancer.
Childhood cancer between the ages of 4–15 years represents the second leading cause of mortality in Mexico. Every 4 hours a child with cancer dies in Mexico. In sharp contrast, less than 20% of children will die from cancer in the US. Accurate diagnostics tests and equipment are one of many essential pieces to improving outcomes for these children. But YOU can help save their lives.
Just $75,000 buys ophthalmoscopes (equipment to check patient’s vision/eyes) to help doctors find swelling, bleeding, as well the presence of some cancers and infections, simple blood pressure monitors, home use thermometers to help parents monitor for fever and other essential diagnostic tools for hospitals in Pachuca and Oaxaca. Such a small contribution can make a significant impact on a child's life.
Please join former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, John Loeb, in support of this campaign and World Child Cancer's vision of world where no child suffers from cancer.
Donate now, and help remarkable mothers and children in Mexico!
$30,000 will buy diagnostic kits (opthalmoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, manometers) for Pachucha hospitals.
$20,000 will buy diagnostic kits for Oaxaca hospitals.
$10,000 funds the salary of one of our program doctors for one year.
$5,000 will provide basic radiotherapy treatment for five children.
$1,000 will provide basic chemotherapy for one child.
$500 will provide basic antifungal/antibiotic treatment for one child.
1. Lucia and Maria
2. Lupe and Miguel
Lesli is 12 years old, and is currently being treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at a World Child Cancer site in Mexico. During the maintenance phase of chemotherapy, Lesli developed Mucormycosis, a rare but frequently fatal fungal infection among pediatric cancer patients. Mucor is commonly found in the environment, and lives in soil, leaves, decaying wood products and other organic materials. Everyone breathes in these fungal spores routinely, and for most of us with healthy immune systems, this fungus poses no harm.