For Andrew Poulos, health struggles and childhood cancer hits close to home. Since childhood, he spent many days and nights at a hospital, battling open-heart surgeries, extreme weight loss, and physical and emotional pain. Andrew also underwent a life-altering surgery to remove his entire colon, in order to avoid dying from colon cancer. Therefore, starting an organization to help families of children with cancer was really second nature.
He feels like it’s his calling to help young children facing a variety of cancers on a daily basis, who are young and too sick to express their needs and feelings. He can relate, and knows that it’s the little things in life that can change a child’s day and put a smile their face.
Poulos Children’s Cancer Foundation strives to provide children with cancer and their families with needed resources, making wishes come true. The foundation also wants to spread public awareness about the various types of children’s cancers.
According to cancer.org:
Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents).
About 1,250 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2015.
According to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer:
In the last 40 years, the overall survival rate for children’s cancer has increased from 10% to nearly 90% today, but for many more rare childhood cancers, the survival rate is much less.
12% of children who are diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
60% of children who survive suffer devastating late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.
There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States.
Poulos Children’s Cancer Foundation aims to raise enough money over the next 10 years to provide accommodation and transportation resources to all families in need that have children suffering from cancer.
Our short-term goal is to partner with airlines, hotels, shuttles and taxi carriers to offer reduced transportation and accommodation costs, and provide subsidies to families in need. Our long-term, 10-year goal is to raise money for purchasing distressed properties in major cities near hospitals that offer cancer treatment for children. The properties will be renovated and provide short-term housing and meals for families in need while their child is hospitalized. The Foundation also wants to purchase shuttle busses that will provide transportation between the hospital and our housing facilities.