Gold Ribbon Network (GRN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children with cancer and their families. In Japan, more than 2,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. The patients and their families not only go through physical and emotional challenges of the treatments but also many of them face financial difficulties. Furthermore, approximately half of the survivors suffer long term health problems called "late effects" caused by the cancer itself and the treatments, and require support going forward in their lives. We aim to create a society where children with cancer are able to live their lives with comfort and security.
1.Supporting Hospital Visits
Childhood cancer is a rare disease. There are only about 200 high performing hospitals nation wide and it is often the case that patients travel long distance to get effective treatments. We cover hospital visit expenses for 100km plus travel and also accommodation for accompanying family members up to 500,000 yen (depending on the household income) per year per patient.
2.Scholarship Cancer survivors will be awarded scholarships for universities, colleges or vocational schools. We grant scholarship annual 480,000 yen per student for the minimum of mandatory period required for the graduation.
3.Medical Beanie Gift We gift medical beanies made with cotton to children suffering hair problems caused by the treatment.
4.Funding Support Camps Support camps provide precious opportunities for children with cancer and their families to participate in outdoor activities. We cover expenses for support camps held by support groups.
Funding require those camps to be accompanied by primary care physician or nurses giving the patients and their families a chance to interact and exchange information not only with other patients and families but also with the doctors and nurses.
5.Assisting Survivors Suffering Late Effects with Employment In some cases, survivors suffering late effects experience difficulties finding employment. We provide opportunities for "workplace experiences" and "job trails" to help them with recruitment.
6.Setting Up Study Rooms Since treatments for childhood cancer often require months of hospitalization, patients treated at hospitals without hospital school will only have their bedside space for schoolwork. Also, there are no hospital schools for senior high school students. We help hospitals set up study rooms equipped with oxygen masks and emergency communication devices.
7.Survivors Network "Survivors Network" is an information service for survivors of childhood cancer. We provide registrants with information about free admission invitation for various events such as music concerts, baseball games, workshops, and so on. These events are good opportunities for survivors and their families to exchange information with each other.
To increase survival rate and ultimately conquer childhood cancer, we provide funding for research in childhood cancer and late effects. Also, grant a researcher of childhood cancer for international study every year.
1.Charity Events To raise awareness about childhood cancer we hold charity events such as walk, marathon, concerts and so on.
Currently, we are not accepting applications for the Tokyo Marathon Charity Runners.
For further details, please visit the official website of the Tokyo Marathon.
Gold Ribbon Network is an official charity of the Tokyo Marathon 2021 Charity.
Tokyo Marathon 2021 Charity Official Website
2.Providing Latest Information in Japanese Cancer Information Japan Site operated by Translational Research Center for Medical Innovation (TRI) publishes most up-to-date Physician Data Query from National Cancer Institute (NCI, United States). We cover the expense for Japanese translation of the articles on childhood cancer.
We will acquire personal information by lawful and appropriate methods to the extent necessary to achieve the purpose of use of such personal information.
We may acquire the following personal information:
We will use personal information acquired by us only within the scope of the purposes below:
We will use personal information only to the extent necessary to achieve the purpose of use stated above and will not use personal information for any other purpose without the consent of the relevant person except as otherwise provided for by laws or regulations or unless the purpose of use is separately notified or published.
We will not provide personal information to any third party without the consent of the relevant person, except where we provide personal information to third parties with necessity as stated below:
We will take necessary and proper measures such as establishment of organizational systems for maintaining and managing the security system and provision of education and training to employees, and manage such information properly to prevent the divulgence, loss, damage of personal information. We will also properly supervise our employees regarding the handling of personal information, and if we entrust the handling of personal information to any third party, we will supervise the entrusted third party to ensure that the entrusted third party manages personal information properly.
If we are requested by a person to disclose his/her personal information held by us pursuant to the Personal Information Protection Law, we will disclose the personal information (or inform of its lack of existence) to the person requesting the disclosure upon confirming that the person who made the request is the person of the relevant personal information. However, this will not apply in cases where we are not obliged to disclose the personal information pursuant to the Personal Information Protection Law or other laws and regulations.
If we are requested by a person to correct or cease utilization of his/her personal information based on the provisions of the Personal Information Protection Law on the grounds that the personal information held by us is contrary to the fact, or if we are requested by a person to cease utilization of his his/her personal information based on the provisions of the Personal Information Protection Law on the grounds that the personal information held by us is used outside the scope of the purpose published in advance, or was obtained by deception or other unlawful methods, we will make a necessary investigation upon confirming that the person who made the request is the person of the relevant personal information. Based on the results of the investigation, we will correct or cease utilization of the personal information and notify the person to that effect. If we have decided not to correct or cease utilization of the personal information, we will notify the person to that effect.
If we are requested by a person to delete his/her personal information and we decided that it is necessary to meet the request, we will delete the personal information upon confirming that the person who made the request is the person of the relevant personal information, and notify the person to that effect.
The above does not apply in cases where we are not obliged to correct, cease utilization of or delete the personal information pursuant to the Personal Information Protection Law or other laws or regulations.
For any comments, questions, requests for disclosure etc., or other inquiries regarding our handling of personal information, the contact desk is GRN office.
We will appropriately and swiftly respond to any complaints concerning our handling of personal information.
Please contact us through the online form below.
Gold Ribbon Network
Mejirokeyaki-mansion 204, 2-21-8 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 171-0021, Japan
Via this online form
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