charity profile

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.


keeping more than hope alive

Supporting children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families; improving early detection and facilitating effective treatment. Learn more about CHOC

cancer incidence

Although childhood cancer is relatively rare, the incidence rate has been increasing. According to a 2014 report by the American Cancer Society, it is now estimated that one in 408 children worldwide will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 15.
Yet with early detection and treatment in paediatric oncology units, globally the survival rate can be as high as between 70% and 80%, with variance depending on the type of cancer.

our goals

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



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