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Woohoo! $40,000 was donated to the ctDNA project

Woohoo! $40,000 was donated by REACH child cancer to Professor Parry Guilford to fund the ctDNA project. Many thanks to everyone who donated to this worthy cause and tirelessly volunteered their time over the past 2 years. All donations made will continue to go towards helping our kids that are diagnosed with cancer to receive the best possible treatment which will be less toxic, less harsh, and less evasive.All donations are kindly accepted by clicking here...

October 17, 2018

Day 30 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

We welcome any help from groups who wish to fundraise or hold events to raise money for REACH child cancer research. We can provide leaflets upon request. Contact us today!...

September 30, 2018

Day 29 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Donations will fund the ongoing development of the Circulating Tumor DNA project which will improve outcomes for those children already diagnosed with cancer. Based upon a normal blood sample, ctDNA can give a window into the progress of the tumor treatment. If a tumor is not responding to a treatment, ctDNA will show this faster than current techniques. Donations will cover the costs for each child's sample to be researched. ctDNA sampling requires only a simple blood test a...

September 29, 2018

Day 28 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Becoming a sponsor is an excellent opportunity to profile your business in a positive way no matter what your size. REACH will offer corporate sponsors promotional space on our website and associated media platforms. Sponsors are welcome to display their corporate logo and message for the world to see.  Every sponsor who donates to REACH Child Cancer will receive a charitable donation receipt. All funds donated go towards funding this ground breaking ctDNA research conducted ...

September 28, 2018

Day 27 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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 ...

September 27, 2018

Day 26 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each week, three New Zealand families receive the news that their child has cancer, and REACH - Research, Education and Awareness of Child Cancer and Hematology - is looking to cut down on the number of tragedies endured.There is only one laboratory doing child cancer research in New Zealand, which is led by Professor Parry Guilford."To find some new money to do child cancer research is really wonderful for us," he said.Professor Guilford is hoping to spend the funds raised to extend his cu...

September 26, 2018

Day 25 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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 ...

September 25, 2018

Day 24 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


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Day 23 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


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Day 22 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September 22, 2018

Day 21 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September 21, 2018

Day 20 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September 20, 2018

Day 19 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September 19, 2018

Day 18 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


September 18, 2018

Day 17 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Langerhans cell histiocytosis is a type of cancer that can damage tissue or cause lesions to form in one or more places in the body.LCH can be found in the skin and nails, mouth, bone, lymph nodes and thymus, endocrine system, eye, central nervous system, liver and spleen, lung and bone marrow.Tests that examine the organs and body systems where LCH may occur are used to detect (find) and diagnose LCH.LCH may occur at any age, but is most common in young children. Treatment of LCH in children is...

September 17, 2018

Major website update - Check it out!

We have tweaked our website content to make it easier to better understand what REACH is all about. Your feedback and suggestions are sincerely appreciated by commenting on our blog....

September 16, 2018

Day 16 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a rare form of cancer that rapidly develops from the immature cells of a retina, the light-detecting tissue of the eye. It is the most common primary malignant intraocular cancer in children, and it is almost exclusively found in young children.Though most children survive this cancer, they may lose their vision in the affected eye(s) or need to have the eye removed.Almost half of children with retinoblastoma have a hereditary genetic defect associated with retinoblastoma....

September 16, 2018

Day 15 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma makes up about 5% of childhood cancers. It is more likely to occur in younger children than Hodgkin lymphoma, but it is still rare in children younger than 3. The most common types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children are different from those in adults. These cancers often grow quickly and require intensive treatment, but they also tend to respond better to treatment than most non-Hodgkin lymphomas in adults....

September 15, 2018

Day 14 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for about 3% of childhood cancers. It is more common, though, in early adulthood (age 15 to 40, usually people in their 20s) and late adulthood (after age 55). Hodgkin lymphoma is rare in children younger than 5 years of age. This type of cancer is very similar in children and adults, including which types of treatment work best.Hodgkin lymphoma may be treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplant...

September 14, 2018

Day 13 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Wilms tumor (also called nephroblastoma) starts in one, or rarely, both kidneys. It is most often found in children about 3 to 4 years old, and is uncommon in children older than age 6. It can show up as a swelling or lump in the belly (abdomen). Sometimes the child might have other symptoms, like fever, pain, nausea, or poor appetite. Wilms tumor accounts for about 5% of childhood cancers....

September 13, 2018

Day 12 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Brain and central nervous system tumors are the second most common cancers in children, making up about 26% of childhood cancers. There are many types of brain tumors, and the treatment and outlook for each is different. Most brain tumors in children start in the lower parts of the brain, such as the cerebellum or brain stem. They can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred or double vision, dizziness, seizures, trouble walking or handling objects, and other symptoms. Adults are more likely t...

September 12, 2018

Day 11 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Leukemias, which are cancers of the bone marrow and blood, are the most common childhood cancers. They account for about 30% of all cancers in children. The most common types in children are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). These leukemias can cause bone and joint pain, fatigue, weakness, pale skin, bleeding or bruising, fever, weight loss, and other symptoms. Acute leukemias can grow quickly, so they need to be treated (typically with chemotherapy) as soon ...

September 11, 2018

Day 10 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Rhabdomyosarcoma, or RMS, is an aggressive and highly malignant form of cancer that develops from skeletal (striated) muscle cells that have failed to fully differentiate. It is generally considered to be a disease of childhood, as the vast majority of cases occur in those below the age of 18. It is commonly described as one of the "small, round, blue cell tumours of childhood" due to its appearance on an H&E stain. Despite being a relatively rare cancer, it accounts for approximately 40% of all...

September 10, 2018

Day 9 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue.It most frequently starts from one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in the neck, chest, abdomen, or spine. Symptoms may include bone pain, a lump in the abdomen, neck, or chest, or a painless bluish lump under the skin.Treatments may include observation, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or stem cell transplantation. Low-risk disease in babies typically has a good outcome with surgery or simply observation. ...

September 9, 2018

Day 8 - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


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