Committed to an ongoing fundraising campaign and effort to assist COP in treating sick children with cancer as well as expansion their facilities.
The International Children’s Cancer Foundation’s first organizational goal is to support children in need of cancer care, provided by the Pediatric Oncology Center (Centro Oncologico Pediatrico, COP) in Tijuana. In a bi-national collaboration, the International Children’s Cancer Foundation’s mission is closely aligned with COP. The Foundation provides monetary, in-kind and volunteer support to COP, ensuring that children whose families have limited or no ability to pay for cancer treatment receive the same excellent care that is provided to others.
COP is a specialized, state of the art facility in Tijuana, Mexico, built in 2006. It provides pediatric oncology services to children ages 18 and younger. Since its opening, COP has taken care of more than 500 childhood cancer patients and boasts a survival rate of 85% for patients, the same childhood cancer survival rate found in the United States. COP uses evidence-based cancer treatment modalities in addition to a holistic, multidisciplinary approach.
COP is committed to admitting children for treatment within two days and has a “no wait” policy. During those two days, the valuable time is spent obtaining laboratory, x-ray, and other important tests. COP staff includes oncologists, pediatricians, nurses, social workers, case managers, and psychologists who meet not only the medical and physical needs of the child but also the emotional and psychological needs of the family. Therapy consists of medical treatments combined with play, music, pet therapy, and intense family and patient education to help them cope with the illness and with life after treatment.