CanKids KidsCan - The National Society For Change For Childhood Cancer in India is a National NGO working across the entire spectrum of Childhood Cancer Care. Through our signature program YANA –You are Not Alone – we provide holistic support to a child with cancer and the family, from moment of detection, through diagnosis, treatment and after.
Founded in 2004 under Indian Cancer Society, (Delhi), Cankids was registered as an Independent National Society (Not For Profit Charitable Organisation under the Indian Societies Act 1951) in 2012 . We have valid 12A. 80g and FCRA certificates.
CanKids enables better standards of treatment and care by partnering with Cancer centers, assessing needs and filling gaps on an ongoing basis, through funding support, providing social support staff, enhancing capacities and driving quality care, research and impact assessment. Through stakeholder engagement and advocacy we aim to ensure that Childhood Cancer is a child health priority in India. More information about our working model can be found here.
Stories From The Frontline
Spotted on TV, trudging towards the border from Delhi, Vishakha's story exemplifies CanKids commitment and the spirit of going above and beyond. Vishakha an osteosarcoma patient and her parents were noticed on a TV channel by one of our survivor volunteers. Working overnight using multiple channels, they were identified, located, brought to the safety and security of our Home Away From Home and the next day were sent in an ambulance to their home in Pushkar!
The girl in the violet mask is Shreyashi, a six year old Blood Cancer patient who recently developed symptoms of Jaundice. To add to the mix, the hospital where her treatment was going on was declared as COVID hospital. The CanKids social worker made sure she is admitted in another hospital and her health shouldn't deteriorate. Shreyashi and her family are at our Home Away From Home now, safe and she continues her cancer treatment
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COVID-19 Guidance for Children and Young People with Cancer undergoing Treatment
How might coronavirus affect my child who is undergoing cancer treatment? Data currently seem to show that the infection is milder in children than in adults. However, children and young people undergoing cancer treatment have a weakened immune system which will make it harder for the body to fight off infections such as COVID-19. It is important for children with cancer and their families to follow steps to protect themselves where possible. What precautions should we take?
Wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
Try to help your child avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands where possible
Avoid close contact with people who are known to be unwell
Try and cover your child’s cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
Help Kids With Cancer Win #HalfTheBattle Because We Believe #CanKidsCan! Donate Now!
With our #HalfTheBattle #CanKidsCan campaign, we are partnering with GiveIndia to raise resources and funds to expand our proven model (We currently work with 103 cancer centers in 47 cities across 22 states touching the lives of over 20000 children annually!) to reach places where hospitals, proper shelter and treatment are not available to provide #AccessToCare to even more children with cancer and their families.
This year the winter situation for children seeking treatment in cities has been worsened by Covid -19, severely limiting hospital capacity forcing even more families seeking cancer treatment for their children into overflowing shelters & sometimes pavements & streets. Our street patrols constantly survey areas around hospitals as guardian angels helping families in need with guidance , shelter, food, counseling and most importantly a shoulder to lean on. We have observed a severe need for winter blankets and need your help to make this happen. Read on to know more here!
ICCD 2021 Kickoff With Dr. V.K. Paul Member Health Niti Aayog
The Childhood Cancer Community was fortunate to have the launch of the pan India International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) campaign by Dr. V.K.Paul, Member Health, NITI Aayog. The month long ICCD campaign will go across 21 cities and 68 cancer centres to acknowledge the thousands of children and their families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, raise awareness and advocate for better survival for children with cancer in India.
A small group of child cancer patients parents survivors, doctors and KK team were privileged to be at the home of Dr Paul with his family on a bright Sunday afternoon. Childhood cancer survivors of CanKids KCK group performed a streetplay “Mera Haq - Right to health my Right not a privilege “ , and gifted Member Health the “Story of 300,000 Pledges” that captured their 4 year iPledge campaign a journey across geographies, States and stakeholders, car rallies , light up gold , gold ribbons to declare Gold the color of childhood cancer in India.
Little Child patients and the survivors led the Hula Hoop Fit India dance invoking the elders in their midst to be fit too and presented the Member health with a hand printed Tree of life dreamcatcher installation that captures the theme of ICCd this year! #cureAll better survival for kids with cancer # ThroughOur Hands. Collectively we are committed to ensure Better Survival For Children with Cancer! Childhood cancer is treatable and access to the Best Treatment, Care and Support is a priority for the govt and all stakeholders. More information about ICCD 2021 can be found here.