About us

 

Keeping more than hope alive for nearly four decades

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 by parents of children with cancer. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of a child with cancer. Their aim was to ease the burden on parents facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support.

Today CHOC is the only organisation in South Africa that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. We have a head office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, two branches, and 12 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. CHOC relies on corporate sponsors, donations from groups or individuals wanting to make a difference in the lives of these little ones.

Our comprehensive support improves the welfare and quality of care to children with cancer and offers families a wide range of psychosocial services and practical support such as counselling, free accommodation close to treatment centres, free transport and transport fund to ensure that no child abandons treatment, food parcels as they recognise the financial difficulties families often face and parent to parent support groups. CHOC plays a leading advocacy role through cancer awareness campaigns and lobbying. We also train and educate healthcare professional, homebased care workers and traditional practitioners on the early warning signs of childhood cancer to promote early detection.