Each year, over 950 children are diagnosed with cancer in Australia. Cure Cancer has launched The Buddy Box to help kids who have cancer and also aid cancer research.
The Buddy Box is a fun and interactive gift box filled with items to help put a smile on the face of a child undergoing cancer treatment. It’s been produced in consultation with children’s hospitals and cancer treatment centres across Australia, and can be bought by members of the public from here.
Joining forces with The Big Hug Box, The Buddy Box adapts the concept for younger patients, taking into consideration their specific needs during treatment.
A box of goodies
Children will receive practical items such as water bottles to stay hydrated during treatment and cosy bed socks for overnight hospital stays, as well as interactive games and toys to help take their minds off gruelling therapy rounds.
The Box has been produced with the assistance of partners including; LEGO, The Happy Snack Company, Annabel Trends, Head & Heart Mindfulness, It’s About Us, Laree Watson Art, Super Max and Bryce and delivery partner TOLL.
Cure Cancer have launched The Buddy Box to mark International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
With three Australian children dying from cancer each week, the global pandemic has made life even more difficult for those fighting the disease.
COVID-19 has created a risk to patients’ compromised immune systems and limited the number of friends and family they can see, which can be especially difficult for children.
Buy a box, help a child, save a life
Cure Cancer CEO Nikki Kinloch said, ‘We are delighted to introduce the Cure Cancer Buddy Box, providing light relief to children undergoing cancer treatment all around Australia. We look forward to being able to fund more lifesaving cancer research as a result of these special giftboxes.’
The Buddy Box ambassador, Justine Cullen said, ‘I’m delighted to come on board as an ambassador for Cure Cancer and The Buddy Box.
‘As a mum of four, I know that childhood cancer is every parent’s worst nightmare. Children are dying from cancer every week here in Australia, and the only way we can change that is by supporting lifesaving research.
‘The Buddy Box is a wonderful initiative that has a double benefit – it helps to put a smile on the faces of young cancer patients undergoing grueling treatment and all profits raised are invested directly back into pioneering cancer research by early-career researchers,’ she said.
‘I know I’m not alone in hoping that we can all one day live in a world where cancer no longer poses a threat, and by supporting initiatives like The Buddy Box, we are edging closer and closer to that reality.’
Out of the box
Buddy Boxes will be delivered to children’s cancer treatment centres and hospitals nationally.
Supporters can make a donation via the Cure Cancer website to ‘sponsor’ a box, and the Buddy Box will then be allocated randomly to a young cancer patient currently undergoing treatment.
All profits from the Buddy Boxes will be invested back into lifesaving cancer research in the hope that future generations can live in a world where cancer no longer poses a threat.
With the support of celebrities including Justine Cullen, Ada Nicodemou, Sam Woods, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Sally Obermeder and Deborah Symond O’Neil, deliveries will begin later this month.