Our credibility and our reputation are based on our ability to make progress and to create impact. At the same time, the childhood cancer field is one that requires long-term thinking due to its inherent complexity. This leads to certain challenges in defining exactly what progress in the research field results in.
Happily, we have many examples of activities that make a difference. Since we began co- funding the HOPE clinic at Karolinska University Hospital, early clinical pharmaceutical trials have got underway. This year’s investment in paediatric oncology nurses has resulted in the funding of more than 4,000 hours of training. Several of this year’s information drives had a great impact on the media, boosting public knowledge and awareness about childhood cancer. In addition, the year’s fundraising total, SEK 425 million, is incredible progress that improves our chances of combating childhood cancers.