15th February 2017 was International Childhood Cancer Day, highlighting how childhood cancer is threatening to overtake infectious diseases as a cause of child mortality.
In South Africa Cupcakes of Hope Cancer Foundation hosts an annual initiative to raise awareness and funds for families in need of medical assistance, through baking of cupcakes.
The sweetest way to save a child’s life
There’s no easy way to deal with a child being diagnosed with cancer, but a group of ‘Cupcake Angels’ are determined to put their love of baking to good use to make a difference in the lives of child cancer patients in South Africa.
Cupcakes of Hope, a non-profit company dedicated to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer in South Africa, will channel its love for baking into the fight against cancer ahead of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on 15 February 2017, by hosting and facilitating fund-raising events, hospital visits and their signature ‘Party of Hope’ around the country.
Schools, businesses and individuals can get involved by hosting their own Party of Hope, whether it’s for a specific cancer awareness event or any other date in the year that carries meaning. Once registered, the ‘Cupcake Angels’ will send over a free Angel Party Pack, which includes badges, balloons, branded baking cups and leaflets with the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer to hand out at the event.
“It gives us so much joy to be able to bring communities together in the fight against childhood cancer and make a difference in so many children’s lives,” says Sandy Cipriano, founder of Cupcakes of Hope. “Early detection saves lives, and parents play an important role in recognising the warning signs to ensure children are diagnosed and treated in time.”
Cupcakes of Hope raised over R1.8 million in 2016 to provide cancer treatment and funding to over 500 patients and 15 cancer charities at its annual National Cupcake Day. The organisation also facilitated a Party of Hope event for schools and businesses, to help spread public awareness of the cause.
Between 800 and 1,000 South African children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer each year, according to the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). With early detection, however, children have a 77% chance of surviving the disease.
To promote early detection of childhood cancer, parents can also download a helpful infographic for free – available in 20 languages – from the Cupcakes of Hope website, that provides information on the early warnings signs of childhood cancer.
Visit www.cupcakesofhope.org for more information and to register to host a Party of Hope at your school or company, and help raise awareness and funds for children diagnosed with cancer.