The most important tasks of the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund are to fund research that results in the goal of no child having to die of cancer; that children, their families and friends get the support they need in a difficult time of their lives; and that those who survive get all the support they need.
We are now developing a new strategy for funding research, with the aim of focusing all research on the goal that all children diagnosed with cancer will survive and have lives free from complications. During the course of 2019, an international committee examined how our funds should be allocated between services, projects and infrastructure, and how an organisation should be comprised in order to create the best prospects for achieving these goals.
Our excellent fundraising results allow us to lay the groundwork for other crucial steps for the future. The research and work of supporting the affected families can and should take more space. One key goal is also to transform the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund more clearly into a lobby organisation that points out and suggests solutions to problems in medical and social care above all.
One of the organisation’s strengths is its local ties throughout the country. Six regional associations have direct contact with the nitty-gritty reality that one child a day is diagnosed with cancer. The regional associations can meet needs and initiate new support measures that are directly linked to real needs. There is great potential in the interaction between the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund and the regional associations. For example, we can create greater opportunities for similar support to those afflicted nationwide.
To pool our resources and stimulate new thinking, we need more money. That is why the Swedish Childhood Cancer Fund is focusing on digital fundraising channels as well as large donations and philanthropy.
Many people – the children with cancer themselves, their families and relatives, politicians, decision makers and the general public – all need to know more about children and cancer. Active information and lobbying campaigns are what is needed. Thanks to our organisational and financial independence, we have every opportunity to be a stable lobby organisation in medical and social care as well as schools. We want our lobbying to contribute to a change in society that looks out for the best interests of children with cancer, their families and those with little power.
There is great potential in partnering with others to achieve this goal. Our financial strength creates a potential for partnerships well outside Sweden’s borders. In 2020 we will take the first steps towards a well-crafted strategy for our international engagement.