New initiative helping kids with cancer

Each year in Australia, more than 950 children are diagnosed with cancer.

Sadly, three children die of the disease each week.

The statistics are sad. The treatment rounds for the children diagnosed are gruelling.

However, there is something you can do to help.

You can sponsor a Buddy Box.  The Buddy Boxes have been launched by Cure Cancer, to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness month this September.

The Buddy Box is a fun and interactive gift box filled with items to help put a smile on the face of a child undergoing cancer treatment, produced in consultation with children’s hospitals and cancer treatment centres.

Children receive practical items such as water bottles to stay hydrated during treatment and cosy bed socks for overnight hospital stays, as well as games and toys to help take their minds off therapy.

Partners of the initiative include LEGO, The Happy Snack Company, Annabel Trends, Head & Heart Mindfulness, It’s About Us, Laree Watson Art, Super Max and Bryce and delivery partner TOLL.

The Buddy Box not only helps put a smile on the faces of young cancer patients undergoing treatment. It also raises research funds, with all profits raised are invested directly back into pioneering cancer research by early-career researchers.

Cure Cancer CEO Nikki Kinloch said: “We are delighted to introduce the Cure Cancer Buddy Box, providing light relief to children undergoing cancer treatment all around Australia. We look forward to being able to fund more lifesaving cancer research as a result of these special giftboxes.”

The Buddy Boxes have some high-profile supporters. Ambassadors of the initiative include Justine Cullen, Ada Nicodemou, Sam Woods, Natalie

Bassingthwaighte, Sally Obermeder and Deborah Symond O’Neil.

Supporters can make a donation via the Cure Cancer website to ‘sponsor’ a box (curecancer.com.au/buddy-box). The Buddy Box will then be

allocated randomly to a young cancer patient currently undergoing treatment.

Buddy Boxes will be delivered children’s cancer treatment centres and hospitals nationally and to children attending the 2020 WA Camp Quality Camps.