プロジェクトの目的our purpose

日本でも世界でも、多くの子どもたちが病気とたたかっています。小児がんは国内だけで年間約2,500人発症し、7割~8割が治る病気ですが、副作用の強い治療のため、子どもも家族もつらい時間を過ごさなくてはならず、長期に及ぶ入院生活、再発の不安など、闘病する子どもやその家族にとって身体的・精神的・経済的負担は計りしれません。

「治療が終わったら家族で旅行に行きたい!」「もう一度、あの場所に連れて行ってやりたい」
そんな子どもたちと家族にかけがえのない時間を過ごしてもらいたい。

治療が一段落した時、あるいは治療の限界を突きつけられた時、厳しい闘病生活の中にある子どもと家族に生涯深く心に残る輝く記憶の時間をプレゼントしたい。そこで得た時間を、次の治療への原動力や、再発への恐怖を乗り越えるきっかけに繋げて欲しい。子どもの笑顔が、家族の笑顔が、大きな力になって前に進んでいけるように。

しかし、現状では日本の医療者は病院業務に拘束され、その機会に同行ができない社会的段階にあります。
「SmileSmilePROJECT」は、自由度の高いジャパンハートの医療者が付き添うことでその機会をひとつでも多く叶えていこうというプロジェクトです。

一方海外では、医療保険制度の整わないアジアの発展途上国で、診断の遅れや治療環境の不備、経済的な理由などから、救えるはずの命が小児がんによって無数に失われている現状があります。私たちはカンボジアに小児医療センターを設立し、アジアの発展途上国の小児がんの子どもを1人でも多く救うための医療活動に取り組みはじめました。将来的にアジアの小児がん拠点病院となり、1人でも多くの子どもたちの命を救いたいと思っています。

SmileSmilePROJECT Goals

Countless children in Japan and throughout the world are fighting numerous illnesses. In Japan we see roughly 2500 new cases of pediatric cancer each year. Due to medical advances, in Japan, 70 – 80% of pediatric cancers can be cured. However, treatment side effects, long hospital stays, and the fear of recurrence take immeasurable physical, psychological, and economic tolls on the young patients and their families.

What do you do when you hear “When the treatment is over, I want to take a trip with my family.”
“I want to take my child to that special place one more time.”
from pediatric cancer patients or their parents? When the initial cancer treatment phase is completed or when the patient and his or her family has to face the limitations of medical care, we want to give a special gift, a gift of an experience so special that it becomes a lasting memory. Hopefully, the child’s smile will become a cornerstone of strength and confidence for the next step, whether that is the next round of treatments or whether it is to overcome daily challenges facing the patient and his or her family or simply erase the fears of recurrence.

However, the reality in Japan is that physicians and medical staff face enormous work loads and cannot accompany pediatric cancer patients and their families outside the hospital environment. The SmileSmilePROJECT started with the medical professionals of Japan Heart who have more time flexibility and freedom to accompany patients and their families on these special trips.

Lack of medical facilities, late diagnosis or delayed treatment, and unaffordable medical treatment are symptoms of health care outside Japan in developing Asian countries that lead to death for curable pediatric cancer. In Cambodia, we have built a Medical Center to treat and save as many pediatric cancer patients as possible. In the future, we envision this Medical Center to become a central medical hub for developing Asian countries, treating and saving as many children as possible.