Our campaign idea of #whenIWasYoung stems from a drawing by a little girl called Mae, who is currently receiving ongoing chemotherapy treatment on the children’s cancer ward at Yangon Children’s Hospital, Myanmar. This young girl, sees a future free of cancer and dreams of one day becoming a ballerina. Unfortunately, the likelihood of Mae fulfilling her dream is very uncertain, as survival rates for childhood cancer in the developing world are as low as 10%.This is in stark contrast to the developed world, where as result of medical advances, survival rates are around 80%.
World Child Cancer supports thousands of children with cancer each year, all of whom have dreams and aspirations that they hope one day to fulfil. Please find below some drawings from children that we currently support across our programmes in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Malawi, Myanmar, Ghana and the Philippines.
Mae one day dreams of becoming a ballerina.
Jalil hopes for a future free of cancer and that one day he will become a teacher.
Chaw Chaw would like to be a doctor when she grows up.
Shajib is a child currently receiving treatment in Bangladesh. He dreams of becoming a sailor.