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.

“Every child should have the same chance of cure regardless of where they live.”

Dr. Kristin Schroeder, iCCARE co-founder

In 2014, a child diagnosed with cancer at Bugando Medical Centre in northern Tanzania had less than a 20% chance of survival, and fewer than half could afford to complete potentially curative treatment. Today, thanks largely to iCCARE, the survival rate has more than doubled.

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.