CANSA Takes Hands with CHOC
September 2015: CANSA is partnering with the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) to serve the children and families of children diagnosed with cancer in South Africa.
“CHOC and CANSA aim to work together in a harmonious and co-operative manner in all areas related to childhood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and children affected by any form of cancer. We’d like to develop and share best practice models for the support of all children with childhood cancer, and their families, as well as those affected by cancer, and to apply these models,” says CANSA Acting CEO, Elize Joubert.
CHOC provides support to children affected by cancer and their families, as it has been doing for close on 40 years, while CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme has the same objective, supporting the child and family members, as well as loved ones impacted by cancer.
Ben Visser, the Chairman of CHOC, says: “We’re excited to engage with CANSA in a more intentional way, partnering to complement each other’s services and share expertise and resources where necessary. With this relationship, as with our other partnerships, such as with the doctors’ paediatric oncology group SACCSG, our aim and hope is that no child affected by cancer goes unnoticed or without help. By working together we all achieve more, and in the end the child, and the child’s family and loved ones, gain the optimum benefit.”
CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa. CANSA enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. Read more about CANSA’s TLC Programme which offers support to children / teens and families affected by cancer…
CHOC’s support to children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families, involves: psycho-social and emotional support; awareness about childhood cancer and the early warning signs to ensure children are diagnosed early so as to increase their chances of recovery; and various forms of practical support, including accommodation close to treatment centres. The aim of this support to relieve the financial burden cancer places on families and well as to ensure that children access, and adhere, treatment (which can last for months and even years).