In the hosting of the International Lions Clubs 118Y Istanbul Anatolian Side Management Area, “Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu Chi Ci Talks” focuses on CHILDHOOD CANCERS.
Contributing to various social responsibility projects that promote world peace, preservation of nature and all living beings, education, cultural diversity, healthy and active living, energy efficiency, sustainability, and the best interests and inclusivity of children, Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu, who has contributed and continues to contribute, sees the Chi Ci Talks interview programs named after herself as a milestone in these efforts.
As of the year 2024, looking at the average of different sources, every year in Turkey, 8,000 children are diagnosed with cancer, and globally, more than 400,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer. When looked at on a global scale, in high-income countries, more than 80% of children with cancer are successfully treated, while the recovery rate in low- and middle-income countries is only about 20%.
In fact, since children are more resilient to cancer and cancer treatments compared to adults, there are many cases of complete recovery and returning to normal life if they have access to resources. We also know that there are some types of childhood cancer diseases that achieve success rates of up to 90% in some cases when diagnosed early and treated. In short, if society is sensitive, the hope of emerging from this unfortunate situation with the child and the entire family unharmed or even strengthened grows stronger every day. Although the cause of childhood cancer is still unknown, scientific research is being conducted to learn more. And good-hearted people are finding ways to bring children and opportunities together.
Blood cancer (leukemia), lymph node cancer (lymphoma), brain tumor, bone tumor (osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma), kidney tumor (Wilms tumor), adrenal gland tumor (neuroblastoma), soft tissue tumors (rhabdomyosarcoma), eye tumor originating from germ cells (germ cell tumors), liver tumor (childhood cancers such as hepatoblastoma), and our precious ones, CHILDREN… Whether they are sick children, their siblings, or parents facing challenging battles related to childhood cancer, they are not alone because there are those in this world who reach out to them so that they do not feel lonely.
The Lions Club, in addition to creating many resources through various events with the support of sponsors for material and spiritual needs, continues to take successful steps today, as it has done in the past, in raising awareness about childhood cancer in the public eye. Among the guests of the interviews representing the Lions family will be Deniz Molu, who contributes to Childhood Cancer Projects.
Similar to “Çigdem Yorgancioglu Chi Ci Talks” in Turkey, it actively volunteers in various NGOs, including those respected and leading in the world of cancer, and is involved in various collaborations and projects in the field of childhood cancer. It believes that efforts to develop sensitivity in society on this issue are meaningful even without being a cancer patient. Therefore, it is determined to continue its efforts in this direction and specifically in the field of childhood cancer diseases.
Deniz Molu, the Chair of the Childhood Cancer Committee of Lions Club 118 Y, and Çiğdem Yorgancıoğlu directed their efforts towards raising awareness in a sensitive manner at the Chi Ci Talks interview held at Kilercibaşı Mansion, in front of guests and accredited press. The video of the interview held at Kilercibaşı Mansion in this context is available here.