"Providing the Care ... Finding the Cure"

Did you know that each year more than 12,000 children and teenagers will be diagnosed with cancer? Did you also know that one in every 330 Americans develops cancer before the age of 20? Due to statistics such as these, Optimist Clubs are encouraged to participate in this program by building awareness of the disease, providing assistance to childhood cancer patients and their families and supporting research to find a cure.

The CCC program model is built to accentuate four areas of service on which Members can focus:
    Support to children diagnosed and receiving treatment for cancer
    Support to families and care partners of children with cancer
    Support to health care and service providers
    Support for cancer research

Taking Steps Toward a Cure

Optimist International will be hosting an organization-wide walk to promote childhood cancer awareness and raise much needed funds. All Clubs are asked to sponsor a CCC Walk during June, Optimist International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This show of unified support will demonstrate the organization's mission to "be the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer."

Optimist Cancer Research Initiative with Johns Hopkins

Optimist International has met a $1 million commitment to fund an Endowed Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. During the 2011-12 Optimist year, a new pledge of $500,000 was made to Johns Hopkins in the new Cure Childhood Cancer Campaign.

The Childhood Cancer Campaign's mission statement is: "Optimist International shall be the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer." Clubs are asked to donate funds restricted to CCC Research to play an important role in finding the cure.