Under the umbrella of the WeCare program, Celgene has become a corporate sponsor of World Child Cancer, whose mission is to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment and care for children across the developing world. This organization treats children with cancer in developing countries through its network of international hospitals and volunteer specialists with teams on the ground. World Child Cancer is one of the few organizations involved in the twinning of international hospitals and volunteer specialists with teams on the ground. Current projects exist is Bangladesh, Malawi, Colombia, Ghana, Philippines and Cameroon.
The partnership that Celgene has built with World Child Cancer since 2011 goes beyond financial donations. For example, Celgene UK/Ireland has been involved in a sponsored walk, donated to raffles and participated in a bike-a-thon. Celgene has been recognized by World Child Cancer as its official corporate sponsor, and was featured in the Financial Times newspaper advertisement as its charity of choice during the Annual Seasonal Appeal in December 2013.
The WeCare program includes a specific initiative for World Child Cancer called Box-a-Bear, where Celgene collects teddy bears/soft toys and sends them to children’s hospitals in developing countries. These countries include:
- El Salvador
- Dominican Republic
- Costa Rica
To support World Child Cancer, the Celgene UK/Ireland affiliates convened “Celgene Malawi 7,” an all-female team of seven staff bicyclists plus a support team. The team cycled across Malawi from the capital city, Lilongwe, to the second largest city, Blantyre, covering over 310 miles on dirt roads in just 5 days. The Celgene Malawi 7 members visited two of World Child Cancer hospitals at the beginning and end of their ride. This gave them an opportunity to see firsthand the critical work the team there provides, and allowed them to deliver greatly needed medical provisions and supplies. A total of $88,877 was raised from this cycling event.