The Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) acts as the representative voice of the childhood cancer community, ensuring that all children in Ontario receive equal access to state-of-the-art care. POGO has been working on behalf of children with cancer (and their families) for over 25 years.
In Ontario, every year over 400 children are diagnosed with cancer and at any point in time, over 4,000 children in this province require cancer care. While 82% of children survive, over 60% of them will face physical, cognitive or psychosocial late effects. While other organizations that help kids with cancer focus on a particular aspect of the child's cancer journey, POGO is there every step of the way.
The POGO Leadership Connection (PLC) is comprised of a group of Ontario's finest leaders whose support has helped grow fundraising revenue and build valuable partnerships to help improve the lives of children with cancer. This group of community ambassadors is committed to:
* raising awareness about childhood cancer in Ontario;
* alleviating some of the financial burden on the families whose children are in cancer treatment;
* cultivating, inspiring and empowering our fellow PLC members to develop and leverage their leadership style and skills in a personal and professional manner.
PLC members' contributions have a direct impact on families managing the financial burden of childhood cancer. Families face tremendous out-of-pocket costs that are estimated to consume up to 1/3 of their after-tax income. POGO's financial assistance to families program (POFAP) is designed to offset the tremendous burdens by providing subsidies towards babysitting for siblings, food, and lodging when family members have to leave their hometown for treatment. For instance, last year the PLC committed $50,000, this is equivalent to:
* 2,500 nights accomodation when families needed to travel for treatment; or
* over 5,200 hours of child care for siblings of children in cancer treatment; or
* more than 6,600 meals when a child was hospitalized for an extended period of time.
Our goal this year is to double membership from 100 to 200 PLC members. This will allow us to provide even more support to more than 800 families in Ontario that depend on this financial assistance during their child's cancer treatment.
Membership Commitment and Benefits
By joining the POGO Leadership Connection you are committing to a minimum donation of $2,500 over five years. Payment options are: one lump sum of $2,500, $500 per year or just $41.67 per month. This multi-year commitment allows POGO to plan ahead, knowing that we have your support. The benefits of membership include:
* the ability to positively impact the lives of children with cancer and their families;
* the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills and leverage professional connections;
* access to established business leaders and medical professionals;
* social and professional networking opportunities;
* exclusive invitations to POGO events;
* affiliation with an organization that is the official advisor to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; and
* recognition as a member and a donor in the POGO Annual Report and on other POGO materials.
Join the PLC and help children with cancer and their families