Transforming the Lives of Children with Serious Illness, and Their Families

Life for a child living with cancer, HIV, hemophilia, or another serious illness or rare disease includes frequent visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals; time away from school and peers; frightening, sometimes painful, medical treatments; and complex medicine regimens. These children must cope with lost opportunities to make friends, and fewer chances to create and play. These experiences can be isolating and lead to feelings of sadness, low self-esteem, and diminished possibility. In some communities, they are ostracized because of their conditions, further complicating their ability to positively cope with their illness. Serious illnesses also affect the entire family as parents, siblings, and extended family members face their own challenges and emotions. Families miss out on quality time together and worry about the welfare and happiness of their loved one, and siblings can feel left out or overlooked.


Program Objectives

Takeda’s partnership with SeriousFun Children’s Network helps to develop and expand new and ground-breaking programs, including specialized medical camps, that deliver life-changing experiences to children with serious illness and their families throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. This partnership will serve as a catalyst for innovation and transformation as it supports research and evaluation efforts which track the impact of SeriousFun camps on the lives of children and families and will further improve programs to meet their needs, while also building medical capacity throughout the Network.

Partner: SeriousFun Children’s Network
Budget: 1 billion yen
Term: 5 years
Launch: 2019
Area: United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean

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