What’s it about?
By raising awareness worldwide, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) continues to strive for a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and people can access life-saving treatment and care – no matter who you are and where you live.
Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has united in one voice to grow awareness, improve education and facilitate personal, collective and Government action to continue to fight for a healthier, brighter world without cancer.
Why the theme ‘I Am and I Will’?
This year’s theme is about you and your commitment to act. It’s about the belief that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and non-communicable diseases by one third by 2030.
This year is a reminder of the enduring power of cooperation and collective action. When we choose to come together, we can achieve what we all wish for – a healthier, brighter world without cancer.
What can we do?
This year is different – due to social restrictions around the world, World Cancer Day is asking for people to think outside the box. We have attached a link to their official Website so you can easily access some inspiring ideas on how we can all show that positive actions matter.
Why it matters to us?
Love2Donate : In Memory and Footprints and Whispers are two trading arms of L2D Limited, which is an abbreviation for Love To Donate. It is our stated objective to divert as much money to charity as possible. To this end, Footprints and Whispers and Love2Donate have pledged 5% of its margin of every sale to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity for the hospital’s Eye Department.
This is all because of Ernie – here is Ernie’s story, in his own words …
Hello, my name is Ernie Brown I am 13 and I owe my life and my vision to the doctors and staff at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
This is my story;
My name is Ernie Brown and I was diagnosed when I was 3 months old with bilateral retina blastoma (eye cancer in both my eyes.) As a result of this I was referred for treatment at the eye cancer ward in the Birmingham Children’s Hospital where I underwent 3 years of growing treatment until I was 4. I was having surgery on my eyes every 3 weeks, this was extremely taxing on my close family and relatives. I had over 100 surgeries including chemotherapy, cryotherapy, laser therapy and radio therapy.
I was extremely unlucky to be one of the very few to have had this cancer or any cancer. I am so unlucky to not be able to drive, join the military or a lot of other jobs and to be having to type this in large font. But, I am even more lucky to be here to write this.
I owe everything to the doctors and staff at the hospitals and I am forever thank full to you all. These people made it possible for me to have almost every capability other teenagers have, to do activities like playing games, climbing, sailing, running and hiking these are just some of my favourite activities. I couldn’t do without my sight.
I was so lucky to survive but many are not so lucky that’s why I urge you to donate to the Birmingham Eye Cancer Unit to help prevent this disability from affecting others’ lives by donating now!