On average, 86% of children with cancer survive, but approximately 60% of these survivors will experience complications either due to the disease itself, complex surgical procedures or the rigorous rounds of radiation and chemotherapy they were given during treatment.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September presents an opportunity to bring the childhood cancer community together to help raise awareness about the late effects survivors face.
It is important to provide support, information and services to help children overcome the long-term impacts of cancer and cancer treatment, and to give all survivors of childhood cancer the best opportunities to reach their full potential.
Designed for survivors aged 16 and over, POGO's Survivor to Survivor (S2S) Network is a special series of interactive workshops where survivor facilitators present helpful information, lead discussions and share personal experiences about a variety of survivorship topics.
The S2S Network is in its third year as part of the POGO School and Work Transitions Program. We hire facilitators and a mentor all of whom are childhood cancer survivors, to provide workshops and promote community building with other survivors.
LINKED for Life was created by POGO’s Survivor to Survivor (S2S) Network facilitators to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer and survivor care.
Our goal is to create a visual representation of the connection between the childhood cancer community and those who support it. To achieve this, we are building a paper chain with 2,000 or more links that will be displayed during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September) at six participating hospitals: The Hospital for Sick Children, Children's Hospital - London Health Sciences Centre, McMaster Children's Hospital - Hamilton Health Sciences, CHEO, Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Links will be created by our POGO Counsellors and patients in the hospital clinics, but we need your help!
How Can You Show Your Support?
There are many ways to support LINKED for Life.
1 . Make a donation (minimum $5) to get a link and you will be given the option to direct your link to a specific hospital chain. For every $5 you donate, one link will be created in your name.
Links are available in five colours to represent your reason for participating.
Childhood Cancer Survivor – Yellow
Current Pediatric Cancer Patient - Pink
Family Member – Blue
Friend or Community Member - Orange
Health Care Provider - Green
2. Register. Create your own page, share your reason for supporting LINKED For Life and ask friends and family to support this campaign by making a donation to get their own link(s).
3. Share on social media and use the hashtag #linkedforlife to let others know how they can get involved.
Funds raised will support the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).
If you are unable to make a donation but would like to add a link to the chain please email Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, hospital designation and link colour.