cankarjev dom childhood cancer awareness month
Photo credit: Cankarjev dom - CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana

International Society of Paediatric Oncology – SIOP, the only global multidisciplinary society entirely devoted to paediatric and adolescent cancer, has 1,800 members worldwide including doctors, nurses, other health-care professionals, scientists and researchers. SIOP’s vision is that no child should die of cancer and that cure can be achieved with no or minimal late effects. Month of September is thanks to SIOP’s announcement the worldwide Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

With the Awareness Month, SIOP wants to acknowledge the thousands of children and their families who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, raise awareness about the reality of childhood cancer, and emphasize the importance of research. The symbol of this worldwide awareness month is highlighted by colour gold. Cities light up their famous and historic landmarks, iconic buildings, monuments, bridges and natural environments in gold or display gold ribbons.

Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana is this year joining the global initiative to raise the awareness of these serious disease of children. On Thursday, 24 September 2020, the white marble façade of Cankarjev dom was, as many other important buildings in the world, illuminated in gold colours. This way the most important congress venue in Slovenia, that every year hosts a diverse and rich set of scientific events, joined professional public in paying attention to children and adolescents who battle cancer, to the families that care for them, health workers and carers, survivors, children who have lost their lives, and researchers.

As the year 2020 is even more difficult in fighting cancer due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is even more so important to be aware that cancer did not go away. Cankarjev dom, with its building being lit up in gold colour, endorsed the Shine Gold Campaign along as important institutions like the European Parliament which was lit up in gold between the 1st and 6th of September.