Super League, for the sixth consecutive year and with regard the International Childhood Cancer Day on February 15, supports the work of the Association of Parents of Children suffering from Neoplasmatic Disease "FLOGA" and the Association of Parents of Children suffering with Malignant Diseases "LAMPSI" and will dedicate Matchday 23 of the SUPER LEAGUE, to be held between February 20-22, to the support of children suffering from cancer.
The International Childhood Cancer Day aims at raising the awareness of the greater social environment regarding everyone's ability to socially and financially contribute to and support the medical, psychological and social care of these children as well as to morally support their families.
This campaign contributes to the fight given by the aforementioned associations that depend significantly on voluntary work and everyone's awareness. Super League wishes to contribute to the responsible information of the fans regarding childhood cancer by promoting the following message: "Childhood cancer can be cured."
The Super League President Mr Giorgios Borovilos pointed out:
"The organising authority supports – for the sixth consecutive year – the work of the "FLOGA" and "LAMPSI" associations. 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 the work of all the institutions fighting against childhood cancer."
The president of "Lampsi" Association, Mrs Artemis Aslanidou, and the president of "Floga" Association, Mrs Maria Tryfonidi, stated the following:
"Super League, for the sixth consecutive year, stands by our side and offers us the possibility to send the message, through the matches to be held during the matchday 23, that "childhood cancer can be cured". Super League's immediate response and the awareness with which it projects this message of hope and optimism for our cause, gives us strength and encourages the lifework of our associations and at the same time brings forth again football's social aspect. Thank you for supporting our efforts!"
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.
LAMPSI and FLOGA (in Thessaloniki and Athens respectively) are associations organised by parents whose children have been affected by this malignant disease. All these parents, following their personal experiences, united their forces and now fight for every new child treated in a pediatric oncology unit. They fight to offer better medical, psychological and social care to children suffering from cancer, at the same time supporting their families.
International childhood cancer day, on February 15, aims at informing and raising public awareness as regards childhood cancer and the needs of children suffering from cancer and fighting for their own life.
"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