Keeping more than hope alive for nearly four decades
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 as a support group to parents of children with cancer, by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of the child with cancer. Their aim was to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support.
From the onset CHOC provided support in the hospital wards, hence the name Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics, or CHOC. Gradually parent groups were set up in other key centres, where the major state-funded academic hospitals are located and paediatric oncologists practice.
In 2000, these regional entities merged into a national organisation. CHOC now has a head office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, two branches, and 13 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. With occupancy steadily increasing our budget for maintenance and running costs of the accommodation facilities in 2015 will amount to R7.132 million, with each facility costing over half a million and we have a total capacity of 66 030 bed nights per annum.
We do not receive funding from government but rely heavily on donations from caring corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. Funds raised are used to provide all-encompassing support – from direct practical help to the children and their families and those involved in the treatment – to necessary equipment.
To be the leading organisation in childhood cancer and life-threatening blood disorders.
Supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families; improving early detection and facilitating effective treatment.
Five goals guide us on our mission:
- Support individuals, families and communities in the treatment of children with cancer
- Advocate early diagnosis and access to specialist treatment centres
- Create financial and project sustainability in all regions
- Communicate effectively to improve all relationships
- Attract, retain and grow talent
Our values provide the foundation from which we can achieve our goals. They are:
- Engaging and caring
- Trusted advisor and confidant
- Integrity beyond reproach
- Teamness and togetherness
Our CHOC Manifesto is our guide to keep us on track to achieving our mission.