"No child should die in the dawn of life". - Danny Thomas
When a child is afflicted with cancer, it rocks the whole world surrounding this little one. Families come together, and occasionally they fall apart from the strain of dealing with a catastrophic illness. This is particularly true in places like Mindanao, Philippines where child health and nutrition is worse compared to other parts of the country and cancer treatment further drain existing limited resources(1). Finding cures and providing holistic, multidisciplinary care continue to be a tremendous challenge. Nevertheless, despite the difficulties and lack of resources, there is something we have in abundance – HOPE.
Kids of Hope represent a coming together of people- families, advocates, communities, government and child cancer networks working to provide the best possible chances of providing holistic, multidisciplinary care for children with cancer particularly from marginalized families.
Kids of Hope are the children who stay at House of Hope (HoH) and the Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit at Southern Philippines Medical Center. They are the beneficiaries of all initiatives by Davao Children’s Cancer Fund Inc (DCCFI).