The Importance of Access to
Early Phase Clinical Trials and Precision Therapies

Since 2006, Childhood Cancer Canada has been the primary charitable funding partner of clinical trials and childhood cancer research for C17, comprised of Canada's leading pediatric oncologists and hematologists.

We support their efforts to improve outcomes and the quality of life for children and adolescents with cancer and serious blood disorders in Canada. Part of this effort involves spreading awareness and providing education on the importance of Canadian children having access to early phase clinical trials and precision therapies.

Research is a lifeline for many of these kids and these are some of their stories.


Molecular drivers for Alfea's disease were identified that could be targeted with existing medications. As the tumours began to disappear, Alfea was able to begin focusing on her recovery.


Sometimes one person's contribution can help many. Layla may never have to turn to experimental drug therapy, but she did add encouraging information to the body of scientific knowledge.


Alyvia was not responding well to chemotherapy. Luckily, approval and access a targeted treatment came through just in time.


After the mass discovered in Marissa's brain was surgically removed and the newly discovered regrowth was malignant, her oncologist introduced her parents to a therapy that is transforming the way difficult-to-treat cancers, like Marissa's, are treated.


This clinical trial’s success could mean a new standard of care, Abi’s mom called it smooth sailing. Access to a clinical trial means more energy to dance and sing like a rock star.


Ashton’s rare cancer wasn’t responding to treatment. A clinical trial created a new lifeline. Access to a clinical trial got this active kid back to playing the sports he loves.


Cancer treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all. A clinical trial fit Gabby just right. Access to a clinical trial means more energy to bake cakes with her sister.


When Marky was told he was out of options, a clinical trial saved the day. Access to a clinical trial gave this jokester his sense of humour back.


Naomi’s cancer was worrisome for her family; a clinical trial eased their concerns. Access to a clinical trial means more time for tea with her stuffed bears.


Owen’s cancer was difficult to treat, a clinical trial made it look easy. Access to a clinical trial means having the strength to play with his dog Aussie.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the CCC scholarship towards my undergraduate studies in Biomedical science.


I was diagnosed with Wilm's Tumor at the age of 5. I am now 21. The CCC Scholarship has helped me to afford transportation and has also bought the textbooks that I will use to graduate.


We attended the Purple Party, a set tour of Murdoch Mysteries, and have been provided with tickets to special events. These memories mean so much to our family


This scholarship will help me immensely with my schooling. I am very grateful to Childhood Cancer Canada for their support and the opportunities they have given me since I was young.


I cannot express how thankful and blessed I am to have been chosen to be a recipient for the survivor scholarship. Receiving this scholarship made it possible for me to pursue my dreams and go to university


The CCC Scholarship is an amazing reminder of the hope that Childhood Cancer survivors have for the future. They can own their story and be confident in what the future holds!