European Union forges alliance with Miss World Barbados to raise awareness of Paediatric Cancer

The Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean is partnering with the Miss Barbados World to help raise awareness of paediatric cancer in the region, an area in which the European Union is largely involved. To this end, Head of the Political Section of the Delegation, Claude Bochu, on Tuesday 15 November 2011 met with Miss Barbados World Taisha Carrington to discuss aspects of the campaign.

Taisha who has been very active in the battle against paediatric cancer, has successfully integrated her passion for art within this fight to undertake her charity project dubbed “Heart and Soul“. This project focuses on raising funds for children battling cancer and on helping to instil a level of joy into their hearts, through reading and art sessions and various fun days. The birth of this project can be traced to when Taisha led a fun-raising drive which realised over US$4,000 for a student with cancer who was in need of surgery.

Head of the Political Section of the Delegation, Claude Bochu, discussing with Miss Barbados World, Taisha Carrington, her noble endeavour

While Paediatric cancer only accounts for 1% of all human malignancies, it is the second most common cause of death in European children of one year and older.

The European Union has recognised the gravity of the impact of paediatric cancer and has responded accordingly by substantially supporting research in paediatric oncology. For instance, the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for research has been supporting critical advances in paediatric oncology by funding biomedical research.

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