September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and is symbolised by a gold ribbon, worn to commemorate the event. This is an annual international awareness month to raise support, funding and awareness of childhood cancers and the impact for sufferers and families!

SIOP marks the start of Gold September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Dear Members,

It is a great pleasure for SIOP to mark the beginning of Gold September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Inspired by the Gold Ribbon as a universal symbol of childhood cancer, Gold September is an annual campaign initiated by families that has gained prominence worldwide and across stakeholder groups.

The aim is to build awareness of cancer in children, the urgent need and the potential for progress, and the multi-faceted benefits of more and better cures for young cancer patients all across the world.

Throughout September, all global regions focus their advocacy effort around Gold-themes activities and events to mark the persistent burden of childhood cancers, the cost-effectiveness of treatment, and the importance of progress for all those directly affected as well as society and the economy at large.

With the invaluable support of our Board of Directors, Members, and Volunteers, SIOP is delighted to announce the activities and resources for Gold September 2020.

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LANDMARKS LIT UP IN GOLD

Lighting monuments and buildings in Gold or decorating them with gold ribbons are powerful means to draw attention to childhood cancer. To join the initiative, you can contact your local landmarks asking them to light or decorate in Gold on any day(s) in September. Then let SIOP know (olga.kozhaeva@siope.eu) and we will ensure that the event is profiled throughout the SIOP communication channels.

Here are examples of buildings confirmed as Going Gold so far:

  • BT Tower, London, UK (confirmed: 1 September 2020)
  • Brussels, Belgium (European Union): European Parliament (confirmed: 1-6 September 2020)
  • Toronto, Canada: CN Tower (the standard light show runs for 8 minutes at the top of every hour) and the City Hall Towers (confirmed: 1 September 2020)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: KL Tower (confirmed: after 16 September 2020)
  • Shenzhen, China: Shenzhen Tower (confirmed: 17 September 2020)

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#TURNGOLDSIOP on SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow SIOP on Twitter (https://twitter.com/WorldSIOP) and share your activities with us by mentioning @WorldSIOP and #TURNGOLDSIOP  – we will retweet and include the event in our special Gold September Newsletter at the end of the month!

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AVAILABLE NOW – SPECIAL GOLD SEPTEMBER IMAGES

SIOP is happy to share our special Gold September Images – illustrations of survivor stories featuring the Gold Ribbon. You can use these freely in your own communications channels.

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SPECIAL GOLD SEPTEMBER POLICY WEBINAR

We are delighted to announce the SIOP – St Jude Global Special Gold September webinar:  ‘Priorities, Achievements, and Future Orientations for Childhood Cancer Advocacy Worldwide’, taking place on

Wednesday 23 September: 08:00 to 09:15 am Memphis US / 14:00 to 15:15 UK time / 15:00 to 16:15 CEST.

This special event will feature all SIOP Continental Presidents, CCI, and WHO representatives around a discussion of priorities, challenges and common actions to tackle these.

More information on programme and registration will be coming soon.

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LAUNCHING 20 STORIES FOR 2020: PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSES IN THE YEAR OF THE NURSE AND THE MIDWIFE

September 8th marks International Pediatric Oncology Nurses’ Day, celebrated annually during Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This year, 2020, is also the WHO International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. In celebration of this, the SIOP PODC Nursing working group is creating a collection of videos that celebrate pediatric oncology nurses: “20 Stories for 2020: Pediatric Oncology Nurses in the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife”. The videos will launch on September 8th and be released throughout the month of September via the SIOP website and other social media platforms. For more information, please contact Liz Sniderman liz.sniderman@stjude.org and Linda Abramovitz bmtskier@comcast.net.

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We look forward to engaging with you throughout Gold September 2020 and making it a great success.

 

Kathy Pritchard-Jones

SIOP President

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