"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:
For more in-depth CCC information, read the CCC
Overview or the CCC Planning Guide
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.
The Matching Grants program is open to Optimist Clubs and Districts to complete and submit an application requesting assistance with various CCC projects and fundraisers. The application is reviewed by the CCC Advisory Panels and a determination is made. Grants are awarded to Clubs and Districts that raise money or provide additional funds for the CCC-focused project. For information about the matching grants progam, contact the Optimist International Foundation by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 500-8130. CCC at Every Level
The CCC program is designed for Member involvement on the Club, Zone and District levels. Each Club and District is asked to appoint a CCC Chair. All CCC Club materials are also applicable to JOOI Members. Program materials and CCC resources can be accessed through this website by clicking on the links or by contacting the Programs Department.