Help us LINK our childhood cancer community in support of kids with cancer
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM). Every day, POGO works with our partners—hospitals, families, survivors, donors, government, nonprofits and others—to champion childhood cancer care. This month, childhood cancer survivor Olivia is campaigning to bring the childhood cancer community together and demonstrate to everyone currently in cancer treatment that they are not alone and have the support of the larger community.
BUY A LINK
LINKED for Life is a campaign to demonstrate to young patients, their families and survivors of childhood cancer that they are not alone and that they have the support of the larger community.
I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 17. Having cancer as a teenager taught me that healing is a process. If I could turn back time and give myself advice when I was in treatment, I would tell myself to not focus on the milestones I am missing or how many treatment days I have left to go, but, rather, how many chemos I have already done and how much strength I have shown.
Before I started with the POGO School and Work Transitions Program, I couldn’t even get a job at Tim Hortons. My POGO Transitions Counsellor helped me with my resume and interviews. Now, I have many milestones I’m proud of. I graduated from college, I am working in health care and I am one of four presenters in the POGO Transitions Survivor to Survivor Network, leading discussions on topics that support other survivors.
This September, help build a chain of 10,000 colourful links to show your support for young patients, families and survivors of childhood cancer. For every $5 you donate to the LINKED for Life campaign, one link will be created in your name (or someone you choose to commemorate) by a childhood cancer survivor or patient. Paper chains will be displayed in POGO partner hospitals across Ontario and colourful links will be featured on a digital donor wall on the LINKED for Life website.
A Paper Chain of Links
We are building a paper chain with 10,000 or more colourful links that will be displayed at hospitals across Ontario (with specialized childhood cancer programs)—and we need your help! For every $5 you donate to our campaign, one link will be created in your name by a survivor or a patient at one of the participating hospitals. You may also choose to commemorate someone you know by purchasing a link in their name.
Add your name, today, and thank you for your support!
There’s no time like now to show your support for the 4,000 children and youth in cancer treatment and follow-up care. From raising awareness to raising funds, you too can help shine a spotlight on the achievements made and challenges that still remain in caring for children and youth with cancer, their families and survivors of childhood cancer. Here are a few ways you can champion childhood cancer care:
- Join our online community; receive our quarterly newsletter and other news!
- Attend our education events. As a healthcare professional, you’ll stay at the forefront of pediatric oncology.
- Watch and share compelling videos of families’ experience with childhood cancer.
- Participate in an event that benefits POGO.
- Share our posts! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram @POGO4kids.
- Share what you’re doing to champion Childhood Cancer Awareness Month using the hashtag #championccam.
All proceeds will provide financial assistance to families so they can pay for out-of-pocket costs associated with their child’s treatment, support survivors with customized school and work counselling when their disease or its treatment has left them with learning challenges, and fund promising research that examines the impact of childhood cancer and its treatment.