Meet some of our champions of childhood cancer. Their compelling videos will inspire you!
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: The First 30 Days
POGO Interlink Nurse Tina Hamalainen illustrates what is involved in an ALL diagnosis—medically, emotionally and logistically—by sharing one family’s experience.
Telling POGO’s Story
POGO founder Dr. Mark Greenberg illustrates how POGO’s story reflects the childhood cancer experience.
When Your Brain Tumour Can’t Be Cured: Maryam’s Story
In this video, Maryam talks candidly about the mental health challenges she has faced and how her POGO supports have helped and continue to guide her on her cancer journey.
Emelia Graham: Childhood Cancer Survivor and POGO Ambassador
Emelia finds her path to college with the support of her POGO Transitions Counsellor.
Thea’s Story: Finding My Purpose From My Childhood Cancer Diagnosis
When her doctor felt her neck, armpit and groin, Thea knew what diagnosis to expect. Cancer was hard to hear but at least it meant she could treat it and there would be an end to how horrible she was feeling.
Working with Indigenous Patients and Families
POGO supports healthcare professionals working with Indigenous patients and families with the knowledge and training they need to provide culturally-appropriate, person- and family-centred care. Watch the video, part of a new online pediatric oncology course offered by Cancer Care Ontario, and learn more about POGO’s role. Read about Integrated Psychosocial Care in POGO’s new Childhood Cancer Care Plan to learn how this course fulfills a strategic objective here.
Calvin Visits the Lab
LifeLabs is the presenting sponsor for Pajamas and Pancakes, POGO’s new fundraiser in support of children with cancer and their families. In November 2017, LifeLabs employees had a Pajama Party and invited Calvin and his mom. Learn more about our partnership here.
Making a Difference for Families
There are eight POGO Satellite Clinics throughout Ontario. Watch how nurses at Credit Valley Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre are making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer and their families.
Creating A Happy Home When Your Child has Cancer
The doctor pressed down on Selena’s stomach and noticed her liver was swollen. Although he attributed it to an infection, he was still curious so he made a requisition for an ultrasound. And for that, I will forever be grateful.
The Power of Population-based Research
Population-based research can help answer questions where outcomes are small and need to be studied on a large scale to understand the answers. For instance, do families ever recover financially when they have experienced a childhood cancer diagnosis?
Me and My Twin: The Unmistakable Effects of Childhood Cancer
Until the age of 11, most people could not tell me apart from my identical twin brother, Ben; we had the same friends, performed the same at school, and we have always had similar interests and tastes. And then I was diagnosed with cancer.
Lauren’s Story: The Childhood Cancer Family Experience
Childhood cancer is not an individual disease. It affects the whole family, community and society.
A Day in the Life of Sara Jean
At six years old, Sara Jean knows way more about the ins and outs of a hospital than any child should have to. That’s because she has spent half of her young life in cancer treatment.
By the time he was 16 years of age, André Boothe was a three-time childhood cancer survivor. On September 22, 2016, Andre lost his battle. His story still inspires.