For another year, Super League supports the fight of the "Floga" and "Lampsi" Associations and dedicates the 21st matchday (to be held during February 9, 10 and 11, 2013) to the fight against children's cancer, within the frame of the International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day.
The International Childhood Cancer Day aims at informing and raising public awareness as regards the needs of children suffering from cancer and the importance of timely diagnosis.
The "FLOGA" and "LAMPSI" associations are associations organised by parents whose children have been affected by this malignant disease. They are associations organised by everyday people who have united under the common need to face a really special trial. They are parents dedicated to the care of children suffering from cancer.
They are parents fighting for any child hosted in the paediatric oncology departments, parents worrying and trying to secure the best medical and psychosocial treatment children are entitled to. The "LAMPSI" and "FLOGA" associations are supported by the voluntary work of their members and draw their power from the offer and support of dozens of aware institutions and citizens.
The president of "Lampsi" Association, Mrs Artemis Aslanidou, and the president of "Floga" Association, Mrs Maria Tryfonidi, stated the following:
"Super League stands by our side and dedicates the 21st matchday to the fight for the lives of our children suffering from cancer. It thus enforces the fight and activities of our associations and supports the children and their families that fight for life itself. At the same time, it brings out the social aspect of football, which is a well-loved sport by the people, thus proving that it can play a critical role in pointing out the problems affecting social groups. We continue our fight with hope and optimism and we send out to all fans the message that "childhood cancer can be cured".
The president of Super League, Mr Yannis Moralis, noted the following:
"The organising authority supports the work of the "FLOGA" and "LAMPSI" associations for the third consecutive year. Informing and raising public awareness about childhood cancer is a substantial action, because every life that can be saved is important. Super League shows its social responsibility and wishes to convey a hopeful message to all: Let us all support, morally and materially, the work of the parents' associations "FLOGA" and "LAMPSI", as well as of all the institutions fighting against childhood cancer."
NOTE TO REPORTERS
In Greece, there is an estimated 280 – 300 affected children every year. 70% of these children win the fight for life with specialised treatment. There is no prevention for childhood cancer, however, timely diagnosis leads to cure for most children. Therefore, this is why particular attention should be paid to the following: the information of health professionals so they are able to timely diagnose the disease, as well as the proper information of parents so they will turn to children's hospitals on time.
"Floga" and "Lampsi" associations stand by the families, share their fears and agony and support their fight in any way. They try to properly inform the public as regards childhood cancer and dispel any preconceptions.
Childhood cancer can be cured. Children are entitled to proper medical care, irrespective of their national, social or financial status.
We can all help children suffering from cancer, they need us.
Association of Parents of Children suffering from Neoplasmatic Disease, 6-8 Egiou Str., GR-11527, Goudi, Athens, Tel.: 210-7485000, Fax: 210-7772421
Association of Parents of Children suffering with malignant diseases – Northern Greece, 5 Kleanthous and Papanastasiou Strs., GR-54453, Tel./Fax: 2310-943396