Family support in the Philippines

World Child Cancer is dedicated to supporting Dr Mae and her team as they develop the Mindanao Pediatric Cancer Care Network (MPCCN). Expertise at and communication between hospitals on this diverse island will – and has already – improved treatment for and care of children with cancer and their families. It is fantastic that World Child Cancer can contribute to this work.

Dr Mae from Davao and Dr Maria Christina from General Santos with Grace and her mum

But there are also local groups giving their time and effort to improving lives here in the Philippines. Kids of Hope, Ambassadors of Hope, Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc. and Rotary each play a major part in the ongoing development of services.

Dinner with Erick Rubinos, incoming President of DCCFI, and his wife Youngbee

The buildings now housing the Houses of Hope (temporary homes for children with cancer and their parents) were first renovated by the Rotary Club of Waling-Waling Davao with the Rotary Club of Narashino, Chiba, Japan.

The groups are still close, with the Japanese club visiting Davao this weekend for RC Waling-Waling’s anniversary dinner. Liz and I were lucky enough to tag along, enjoying fine food, wonderful company and a spectacular dance showcase.

The all-ladies RC Waling-Waling Davao at their 23rd annual dinner

Ed clumsily dancing the traditional tinikling dance

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Liz Burns

Liz is the Head of Programmes at World Child Cancer and oversees our work globally.