Childhood Cancer Awareness


Welcome to Childhood Cancer Awareness month!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, is a time to honor and remember children and families affected by this devastating disease and help rally support to give children with cancer better outcomes by supporting their medical needs and education.

It is estimated that currently less than half of children with cancer in South Africa are diagnosed, and many of those who are diagnosed are in advanced stage of illness. One of the reasons for this is a lack of awareness and knowledge in parts of the health system regarding the early warning signs of childhood cancer. We’d like to invite you to join us this September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness and funds to improve the lives of children battling this disease!
We have put a range of activities together for the entire month of September and we would like to encourage you to participate in driving this plan and create awareness around Childhood cancer by talking to friends and family about it. Tell them what you doing to support the cause, engage with them, encourage them to read up about the disease and educate themselves about it. Because if detected early, cancer can be beaten.

Our September awareness campaign includes LearnWrite CC Assisted Learning School, Rand Girls & Greenside High School where we are providing information to the teachers and learners on the early warning signs health foods, healthy habits, and the importance of support for these young patients and their families and to help raise funds to achieve our aims.
We will during this month explain to them the motivation for and essence of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; that it is a time to honor and remember children and families affected by this rare disease, and to help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting their medical needs and education.

Included in our engagement with these schools will be provided with videos and literature, as well as a unique set of posters presented to each school, as part of a 4-week plan to raise awareness.
These posters, one for each week of the month of September, highlight early detection signs, healthy nutrition to help prevent cancer; unhealthy nutrition that could cause cancer, information about beating cancer; and awareness of the Gold Band campaign.
Gold bands are worn in solidarity with child cancer sufferers and will be much in evidence in September. There will also be Slipper Days held at these schools where learners will wear slippers in honor of young cancer sufferers who are always wearing their PJs due to their disease. We invite you to send us your personal stories, stories about your friends or family, to create awareness and help beat Cancer.
Here is our press release for September, Childhood Cancer Month. View the press release

Radio Interview

Interviewer: " The Tyler Sassman Cancer Foundation was established after a personal tragedy that deeply affected the Sassman family who live in Florida Glen, Johannesburg. Mark, please tell us more about this. What happened that had such a profound impact on your lives to bring about this foundation?"


September marks the start of Childhood cancer awareness month

Rand Girls

Greenside School


Just one of our initiatives to support the cancer drive.

These are the early warning signs of childhood cancer

The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those that develop in adults. Lifestyle or environmental risk factors don’t play a role. Instead, it’s usually the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life. Because of major treatment advances, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Still, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children younger than 15 years old, after accidents. Cancers in children are sometimes hard to recognize because common illnesses or everyday bumps and bruises can mask the early warning signs. Take a closer look at the top five cancers found in children and the warning signs for each.
The most common childhood cancer, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia accounts for about 34 percent of all cancers in children. ALL typically occurs between the ages of 2 and 4, and is more common in males than females. Leukemia begins in bone marrow and spreads to the blood, and can then spread to the organs. Three out of four childhood leukemia cases are ALL.
Bone and joint pain
Weight loss
Brain tumors and other nervous system tumors make up about 27 percent of childhood cancers. There are many types of brain tumors and the treatment and outlook for each is different. Most brain tumors in children start in the lower parts of the brain, such as the cerebellum or brain stem. Although brain tumors are typically different in children as opposed to adults, many of the symptoms remain the same.
Balance problems
Vision, hearing or speech problems
Frequent vomiting
Neuroblastoma arises from immature nerve cells in infants and young children. Primarily found in children younger than 5, this disease often begins in the adrenal glands and makes up 7 percent of childhood cancers in the US. It’s more common in males than females, and only 1-2 percent of children with this disease have a family history of it.]
Impaired ability to walk
Changes in eyes (bulging, dark circles, droopy eyelids)
Pain in various locations of the body
High blood pressure
Wilms Tumor Wilms Tumor starts in the kidneys and is the most common type of pediatric kidney cancer. Wilms tumors usually only form in one kidney, but sometimes both - only in small cases - and accounts for about 5 percent of all pediatric cancers. This disease is typically found in very young children - 3 to 4 years old - and is not common in children over 6. There are approximately 500 new cases a year in the U.S. and about 9 out of 10 children are cured.

Swelling or lump in the belly
Poor appetite
Lymphoma starts in certain cells of the immune system called lymphocytes. These cancers affect lymph nodes and other lymph tissues, like the tonsils or thymus. They can also affect the bone marrow and other organs, and can cause different symptoms depending on where the cancer is growing. There are two main types of lymphoma:
Hodgkin lymphoma, sometimes called Hodgkin disease, is rare in children younger than 5 years of age. This type of cancer is very similar in children and adults, including which types of treatment work best.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is more likely to occur in younger children than Hodgkin lymphoma, but it is still rare in children younger than 3. The most common types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children are different from those in adults. These cancers often grow quickly and require intensive treatment, but they also tend to respond better to treatment than most non-Hodgkin lymphomas in adults.

Lymphoma Symptoms:
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin
Weight loss

The Saint Siluan Warning Signs list, citing early warning signs parents need to be aware of:

St Siluan Warning Signs Childhood Cancer:
S – Seek medical help early for ongoing symptoms
I – White spot in the eye, new squint, sudden blindness or bulging eyeball
L – Lump on the stomach, pelvis, head, arms, legs, testicle or glands
U – Unexplained fever present for over two weeks, weight loss, fatigue, pale appearance, easy bruising & bleeding
A – Aching bones, joints, back and easy fractures
N – Neurological signs, a change in walk, balance or speech, regression, contiguous headaches with/without vomiting & enlarged head
We urge parents not to be hesitant in seeking medical assistance if their child exhibits any of these symptoms.


The Tyler Sassman Cancer (TSC) Foundation was launched in April 2017, to continue his legacy and help other children and their families with the disease.