Cancer Warriors Foundation
The Cancer Warriors Foundation is a volunteer group dedicated to building awareness and spreading the advocacy of advancing the fight against childhood cancers. The foundation's goal is to help ensure that poor and disadvantaged Filipino children stricken with cancer get access to treatments so they are able to have a chance to conquer the disease.
Founder James Auste was stricken with brain cancer in 1996 when he was 19 years old. Upon recovery he resolved to help others fight cancer as well. Together with other individuals committed to the cause, Cancer Warriors Foundation was founded in 2000.
Cancer Warriors Foundation has five strategies called FIGHT:
- F for facilitating increased awareness and understanding of childhood cancers, with emphasis on early detection, proper management and care.
- I for initiating programs and activities that inspire cancer patients, survivors and their families.
- G for generating support and proactive involvement from various sectors in the information, education and communication, and advocacy on childhood cancers.
- H for helping ensure that poor and underprivileged children with cancer have access to timely diagnosis, proper treatment and quality care.
- T for taking the lead in strengthening links and encouraging resources involved in cancer prevention and care.
Programs and Activities
Cancer Warriors Foundation is involved in programs and activities that aims to help children beat cancer. Some of these include:
- Free leukemia medications in 14 government hospitals across the Philippines (East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine Children's Medical Center, Philippine Orthopedic Center, Batangas Regional Hospital, Region 1 Medical Center in Pangasinan, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Mariano Marcos Medical Center in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in La Union, Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga, Northern Mindanao Medical Center] in Cagayan de Oro, Davao Medical Center, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Western Visayas Medical Center, and Western Visayas Regional Hospital).
- Bike for Life Manila wherein Auste and a core team of bikers biked from Manila to Cebu for two weeks. In every stopover, a group of local bikers would join James and his group. Along with the activity, symposiums on cancer awareness were also held.
- Barangay Health Workers Forum on Childhood Cancer conducted in 12 cities in 12 regions across the Philippines
- CANCERT (Kantahan Para sa Kabataang May Kanser) which was a collaboration with choral groups of colleges and universities in Metro Manila
- Basura Para Sa Buhay which was a recycling and cancer awareness and fund raising project.
- Play for Life which was a collaboration with MBA basketball players in February 2002
- Promoting an anti-smoking campaign among the youth. This was triggered by the research findings that share there is an increasing number of children stricken with cancer because of secondary smoke from parents or other adults.
The foundation has chapters in Batangas, Bicol, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Davao, and Dumaguete.
Cancer Warriors Foundation holds monthly activities for children with cancer, assisted by volunteers and partner companies.
Noche Buena baskets are distributed to their wards' families every Christmas. The group also tries to grant the children's wishes, which can be made possible through monetary donations.
Funding helps the group increase the number of children in their care, grant scholarships and micro-financing for families.
Cancer education is also an advocacy of Cancer Warriors Foundation. In partnership with the International Union Against Cancer, the group empowers barangay health workers to be more active in the early detection of childhood cancer signs and symptoms. Local pediatric hematologists or pediatric oncologists are tapped as guest speakers.
- “Helping children with cancer: Cancer Warriors Foundation.” The Philippine Online Chronicles. (Accessed December 13, 2010).
- Outreach Program Maria Montessori Children's School Foundation, Inc. (Accessed December 14, 2010).