Caitriots Help Raise Money & Awareness for World Child Cancer
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”72″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”medium” link=”http://www.worldchildcancer.org”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Outlander star Caitriona Balfe and her fans, the “Caitriots,” are helping to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Balfe, who plays Claire Randall Fraser in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling book series, chose to work with World Child Cancer because too many young lives are lost due to the inavaiability of known treatments. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and the Caitriots have made a $1500 donation to World Child Cancer in celebration of the Balfe’s one year anniversary with Outlander.
World Child Cancer works to help children with cancer in the developing world. Founded in 2007, the organization’s small, dedicated staff works to pair doctors and nurses from hospitals in richer countries with their counterparts in developing nations. Despite a budget of only £1M ($1.6M), the charity provided care for some three-thousand children annually, including diagnosis, equipment, medication, and palliative care. “We are amazed at the amount of kids World Child Cancer reaches on such a modest budget, and how far each dollar is stretched in developing countries,” said April Steele, manager of the Outlander Community fan group, Caitrionation, “The fan base is very motivated to use our numbers to make a positive change in the world. We are committed to working with Caitriona and World Child Cancer to make a difference for these children and their families.”
The Caitriots have also raised money for the non-profit through tee shirt sales, raffles and direct donations by members. In less than a year, Caitrionation members have raised more than $18K for their charity partner. “Many of these children have curable cancers, but without appropriate treatment, few of these children survive,” said Balfe, “But World Child Cancer’s work in countries like Malawi, Cameroon, and Bangladesh are currently able to save sixty percent of their patients with inexpensive drugs and relatively simple procedures that have been around in developed countries for decades.”
Worldwide, more than 200,000 children develop cancer each year. Eighty percent of those children live in low or middle income countries where less than 5% will survive without World Child Cancer, compared to an eighty-percent survival rate in developed countries. “Many children arrive at hospital too late, with a very advanced stage of disease which is no longer treatable,” explained Emma Hogg, head of fundraising for World Child Cancer, “Our projects focus on better symptom recognition and early diagnosis which, with proper care and treatment, can save lives that would otherwise be lost.”
World Child Cancer, Caitriona Balfe and the Caitriots are working together to raise awareness of childhood cancer with the belief that every child deserves the same chance of a future.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]