Media Release WRH Celebrates Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September 11, 2017
For Immediate Release

Windsor Regional Hospital Celebrates Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Windsor, ON.  September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Windsor Regional Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology POGO Clinic is celebrating by hosting an information booth at the Met Campus in the first-floor hallway on Tuesday, September 12; Tuesday, September 19; and Tuesday, September 26; from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. each of those days.

The focus this year is on the ‘Beads of Courage’ program that provides children, who are undergoing difficult medical experiences, an opportunity to earn a bead for each accomplishment they achieve.  Beads of Courage is a beautiful way to honor the unique journey and bravery of each child receiving care in the Paediatric Oncology POGP Clinic.

POGO (Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) indicates that in Ontario, over 400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and, at any point in time, over 4,000 children are receiving cancer treatment or follow-up care.  Although cure rates are greater than 80%, approximately 60% of childhood cancer survivors face late effects (including neurocognitive impairments, fertility issues, secondary cancers and more) as a result of their disease and/or treatment.

Locally, for fiscal year 2016, the Met Campus Paediatric Oncology POGO Clinic cared for 55 patients and saw 738 clinic visits.  To date for 2017, 60 patients have been treated and 929 clinic visits confirmed.

Dr. Lenna Morgan, M.D., FRCPC, Chief of Paediatrics for Windsor Regional Hospital stated, “Those of us who have the privilege to work with children and their families challenged with a diagnosis of cancer always look upon this month as a time to remember those we have had the pleasure to serve at the Paediatric Oncology POGO Clinic.  All of these children and families remind us of how fragile life can be; however, also, how resilient, tough and determined children can be!  We are thankful for those who have been cured, hopeful for those still struggling with treatment and saddened for those who did not survive their fight with cancer.  Our hearts and thoughts are with them all, especially during this month.”

The Childhood Cancer Awareness booth at the Met Campus will sell ‘Carry-A-Bead’ kits at $10 per kit.  The concept of buying a bead is to provide one to a child, including adding an inspirational message with the bead and keeping one for yourself as a reminder that you are thinking of that child through their journey.  The beads can be quite uplifting and encouraging to the young patient!

Media are invited to attend any one of the Tuesdays in September from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm to hear first hand how Paediatric Child Life staff work with young patients who are fighting cancer.

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For further information contact:
Ron Foster, Executive Director
519-995-2482(cell): ron.foster@wrh.on.ca 

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