Regional Care for the Cancer-Affected
Since 2005, the TOT business Unit has been working with cancer-related non-profit organizations to organize a series of seminars on cancer prevention diet for junior high school students. In year 2022, we invited professional medical specialists from major medical centers to visit 34 different junior high schools in Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan, Miaoli, Hualien-Taitung and outlying islands. Through these seminars, we hope to strengthen cancer prevention education in the nation.
The purpose of this seminar series is to convey the correct knowledge and method of preventing cancer and living healthy life to junior high school students. Through knowledge transfer, we hope that these junior students may help their family members develop a correct understanding and idea of preventing cancer, starting from the little things in daily life.
Education Support Expanded to Remote Areas
Since 2012, employees of TTY Biopharm have taken turns volunteering to conduct health promotion events at elementary schools in Ludao, Taitung. By introducing fun competition, the volunteers gave their full-hearted attempt at teaching children to stay away from cancer risk factors at a young age. The program has been favored and supported by students, teachers and principals of Lyudao and Gungguan Primary School in Taitung. By sharing our knowledge with those in need, we hope to constantly direct people's attention towards preventing cancer.
Although activities were suspended in year 2022 due to Covid-19, TTY shall continue to hold lectures in elementary schools around the country to create a high-quality and equal learning environment.
Together with NPOs, TTY spreads information regarding treatment trends as well as nutrition and health guidelines for cancer among patients and their families, helping patients deal with discomfort from treatment and disease while gaining the proper knowledge to fight cancer. This year (2022) we had just 1 session due to the pandemic and government policy on hospital outspread prevention. With 90 in attendance, so far there have been 6,711 individuals affected by cancer who have benefited from disease information since year 2009.
Moreover, we also arrange talks on osteoporosis, bone health, and environmental factors that lead to a lack of calcium and vitamin D. 26 professional doctors shared with 1,869 people in 59 sessions how to ensure calcium sufficiency through diet and everyday habits.
Financial Aids and Scholarships for Cancer-Affected Family’s Students
The younger cancer population in Taiwan also means that most cancer patients are the economic pillar of their families, so treatment expenses are a particularly heavy burden on families and have an impact on children's lives and studies. To reduce the economic burden on families impacted by cancer, TTY has sponsored the Hope Foundation for Cancer Care since year 2010 and offers a scholarship of NTD$20,000 for each student. Since year 2011, learning subsidies have been given each year to totaling 510 children affected by cancer to help alleviate the financial burden so children can give their undivided attention to their learning. Every year we funded NTD$1 million to support events that help cancer-affected college students learn under an equal, quality education system.
A portion of this sum was also used to support the foundation's "HOPE Camp-Young Volunteer Training" program by helping cancer-affected family’s students through care and companionship, and hardships that the children of cancer patients bear can be lifted. Meanwhile, through this life stage of self-discovery, the students can better position themselves with their strengths. By listening to and sharing in the project, helped release their stress and adjust to a better mental state for learning, while also giving them actual financial assistance.