Just because we are currently in the midst of a global pandemic, one that most certainly requires our attention, the reality is that paediatric brain cancer doesn’t hibernate because of COVID-19. Childhood brain cancer is still ravaging our precious children and it is more crucial than ever that awareness and research is continued.
The reality is that research has been disrupted and slowed down in many areas and understandably there has been a redirection or delay in funding capacity as funds are directed towards much needed COVID-19 research.
Current research is also impacted by restrictions that have reduced numbers and time capacity within research laboratories. The capacity for having the ability to undertake research through to submission and expert assessment of applications in the area of health and medical research has been dramatically reduced.
Children battling cancer are already immunocompromised and vulnerable to viruses like COVID-19, so it adds extra cause for concern for researchers.
As paediatric brain cancer research programs and projects are virtually funded entirely by Community support and funds raised through events, it is devastating to learn that there currently is a substantial funding shortfall. This shortfall in funding will potentially have a colossal impact on outcomes and the future for children diagnosed with brain cancer.
The role of philanthropy and community heart is critical and needed more than ever at this time.