Childhood Cancer Foundation

Childhood Cancer Foundation

June 07, 2007 16:00 ET

Childhood cancer survivors and leading paediatric oncologists

share stories from the front lines in the war against childhood cancer

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor OTTAWA, MEDIA ADVISORY --(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) - - Photo and interview opportunity - Leading paediatric oncologists from across the country will gather at the Childhood Cancer Foundation's Gold Ribbon Breakfast on Friday June 8 at the Panorama Room of the National Arts Centre to discuss achievements and challenges in the battle against childhood cancer.

Also in attendance will be childhood cancer survivors, including singer Laura Dakin and speaker Kate DeGrace. Hamish and Victoria Fraser will also be on hand, parents of the late Elgin Fraser, the 3 year old Senators' fan who died very recently of neuroblastoma.

Registration and entertainment starts at 7:30, with speakers starting at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until approximately 9:10am. Interview opportunities will immediately follow. Cameras welcome throughout.

The breakfast is meant to further foster the spirit of community amongst those on the front lines of paediatric oncology and to connect the public to the journey that is childhood cancer. The breakfast is open to anyone wishing to attend. The cost is $50 per ticket; tables of ten are $500. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-363-1062. The breakfast opens the Council of Canadian Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Directors (CCPHOD) conference which is not open to the public.

Who and When (times within event approximate):

-Emcee Carol Anne Meehan

-7:30 am-8:00 am
Laura Dakin - childhood cancer survivor sings during guest registration

-8:00 - 9:10 a.m.
Speakers over the course of the breakfast including:

-8:00 a.m. Michel Bilodeau CHEO CEO gives words of welcome

-8:10 a.m. David Stones, President and CEO of Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada talks about CCF and childhood cancer cause and introduces The Faces of Childhood Cancer DVD

-8:15 a.m.
DVD rolls

-8:20 a.m.
Breakfast is served while still pictures flash on screen.

-8:40 a.m.
-Dr. Jackie Halton, head of paediatric oncology at CHEO talks about role of CHEO in treating local children with cancer and role in the Council
-Dr. Victor Blanchette, Chief and Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Hospital for Sick Children, and Chair, Council of Canadian Paediatric Hematology/Oncology Directors (CCPHOD) talks about the Council and C17 research network.

-8:45 a.m.
Dr. Paul Grundy, Director of Paediatric Hematology/Oncology/Palliative Care, Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton, Vice Chair of the Council and head of Council's C17 Research Network talks about Accomplishments and Challenges in Childhood Cancer Research

-9:00 a.m.
Childhood cancer survivor, Kate DeGrace talks about her cancer journey.

-9:05 a.m.
Childhood cancer surivivor Laura Dakin talks briefly about her cancer journey and intro`s her song dedicated to 10,000 children fighting cancer in Canada

-9:10 a.m
Speakers available to media.

-The Panorama Room of the National Arts Centre
Cancer is by far the leading disease cause of death for our precious Canadian children.
The causes of childhood cancers are in most cases unknown and the types of cancers that occur in children vary greatly from those seen in adults. They tend to occur in different parts of the body, they look different under the microscope and they respond differently to treatment. The immaturity of children's organ systems often has important treatment implications. Leukemia, brain and other nervous system tumours, lymphomas (lymph node cancers), bone cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, kidney cancers, eye cancers, and adrenal gland cancers are the most common cancers of children. Cure rates for children are much higher than for most adult cancers with more than 75% of all children now being completely cured.
But if you're a parent of a child with cancer, a 75% cure rate is not good enough.

While Canadians have always generously funded research into adult cancers, childhood cancer, with its special need for research, treatment regimens, and family support programs rarely receives the degree of attention that it deserves.
The Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada was founded in 1987, and is the only national charity dedicated entirely to fighting childhood cancer in Canada. The Foundation funds research, provides support programs, and advocates for children and their families who are affected by cancer. It has an alliance with the Council of Canadian Paediatric Hematology/Oncology Directors, representing all 17 children's hospitals and cancer treatment centres across Canada. Through this unique partnership, the Foundation directly funds nationwide childhood cancer research and supports clinical trials provided in Canada through the US-based Children's Oncology Group.
/For further information: interviews, etc, please contact:
Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 699-1846
Cell: (416) 568-5974

Deborah Keegan
Babble On Communications
Ph: (416) 691-5168
Cell: (416) 525-5177

Contact Information

  • Susan McLennan, Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-699-1846
    Secondary Phone: 416-568-5974