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Delivering Cancer Care to Those

Who Can't Afford It.

Every Life Counts
We Must Act Now

Worldwide, cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

  • An estimated 14 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, with over 260,000 cases occurring in children.
  • More people worldwide will die from Cancer than TB, Malaria and HIV combined.
  • 1/3 of these cancers are preventable, and an additional 1/3 of cancers can be detected early and treated with good results.
  • In children, cancer is highly treatable with cure rates over 85% in some countries, but 80% of children with cancer will die because they live in the developing countries where access to medical care is inadequate.
  • We want give any individual who is diagnosed with cancer the same chance of cure regardless of where they live.

Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold.

Brad Pitt

Bugando Medical Center in Tanzania is the only cancer treatment center in Northern Tanzania, and treats 150 children with cancer annually.  But due to the cost of treatment and limited resources, fewer than 10% of children complete potentially curable therapy.

This is Regina, a 10 year old who came to the hospital with bleeding and leg pain and was diagnosed with acute leukemia. Although medications for leukemia are available in Tanzania, her family could not afford to purchase them. ($400 for 3 years of treatment)  To pay for her first treatment, her community all contributed what extra money they had.  But when she developed an infection, they could not afford the necessary antibiotics to save her life.

This is Tabitha, a 3 year old with an eye tumor known as retinoblastoma.  With early presentation, surgery and a 4-6 month course of chemotherapy, this is a very curable disease.  With ICCARE support, the family was able to receive the laboratory studies and necessary chemotherapy, with complete resolution of her visible eye tumor after only 2 doses.

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