REACH is a registered not for profit charitable organisation founded in Christchurch NZ.
REACH stands for Research, Education, & Awareness of Child cancer & Hematology.
REACH is also the acronym of the initials for each child of the founding mothers.

REACH Child Cancer is raising funds for the ongoing development of the Circulating Tumor DNA  project that is led by Professor Parry Guilford of the Otago University. This will provide a means for oncologists to better treat childhood cancers by ensuring ongoing treatments are well targeted and effective to improve the longevity of the youngest cancer patients. This research is the first in the world to explore the utility of ctDNA to specifically target child cancers.  By using a simple blood test, the aim is to make treatment less toxic, less harsh, and less evasive by providing an early indication of whether treatment is working while rapidly detecting relapse. This will reduce the need for hospital visits and remove barriers to those who may have poor access to hospital care. REACH will promote the international symbol of child cancer, which is the gold ribbon and increase awareness of child cancer and its effects.

Remembering Eddie, Aaliyah-Rose, Charlotte and Harley

Eddie

A beautiful and bright soul who would light up the darkest of rooms with his laughter, dancing, and shenanigans. Eddie battled stage 4 Neuroblastoma for half his life and instead of celebrating the start of school he passed away just a week after his 5th birthday. This is one of the many reasons and drive behind the need to push for more research in order to better the survival odds for other children diagnosed.

Aaliyah-Rose

A brave little girl with a big heart who was diagnosed with LCH (Langerhans cell histiocytosis) just two weeks after she was born.  She received oral chemotherapy 7 days a week and intravenous chemotherapy once every 3 weeks for the first two years of her life.

Charlotte

A wonderful young girl who moved to New Zealand with her mum, dad and twin brother for a better life. She was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma shortly after their arrival and had to be flown to Australia for special treatment because it was not available here in New Zealand.

Harley

A radiant little boy who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma the day he was born. Because of the treatment Harley received, his brother and sister were often unable to attend primary school and preschool because his immune system would not be able to cope with the risk if he caught a virus.

Did you know?

Child cancer is not just one disease but over 40, and the same types of cancer often react differently to the same treatments. A lot of people are not aware that child cancer often has a lifelong impact.
34% of children die within the first 30 years.
19% of children will suffer from a life threatening chronic health condition within 30 years.
25% of children will suffer from a moderate chronic health condition within 30 years.
Only 22% of children will live a healthy life for 30 years.
Child cancers are researched 7000 times less than adult cancers. 

Bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant

A bone marrow or blood stem cell transplant involves chemotherapy and/or radiation and replacement of the damaged bone marrow or cancer cells by healthy blood stem cells.Read more

Radiation therapy for childhood cancer

Radiation therapy treats cancer using high-energy x-ray beams. The beams target cancer cells from outside the body and destroy fast-growing cells, such as cancer cells.Read more

Surgery for childhood cancer

Many children with cancer will have surgery during their treatment. Most surgeries happen in the operating room while your child is asleep under general anaesthesia.Read more

Chemotherapy for childhood cancer

Chemotherapy treatment uses anti-cancer medicines (drugs) to treat cancer by stopping cells from growing, or by destroying cells.Read more

Cancer treatment

There are 3 types of treatment commonly used to manage cancer in children: chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy.Read more

Blood tests and blood counts explained

Helpful information about blood tests and why they are so important for children going through cancer treatment.Read more

Medicines to help with pain during tests and procedures

There are many different types of medicines to help reduce your child's pain and anxiety during tests and procedures for cancer. Read more

Tests to find out how well organs are working

If your child has cancer they may need some tests to find out how well their organs are working.Read more

Tests and procedures - reducing anxiety and distress

There are many ways to help reduce your child's anxiety and distress during tests and procedures for cancer.Read more

X-rays and scans to test for childhood cancer

X-rays and scans take pictures of various parts of the body. Bones show up most clearly but you can also see other tissues.Read more

Lumbar puncture to test for childhood cancer

A lumbar puncture is a procedure to collect and look at the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Read more

Biopsy to test for childhood cancer

A biopsy is a test where a doctor takes a piece of tissue out of the body to check for cancer cells.Read more
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