The initiative to establish a national pediatric oncology center originated with three parties: the Dutch Childhood Cancer Parent Organization (VOKK), Dutch Childhood Oncology Group (DCOG), and the ODAS Foundation.
VOKK is the national association of families with a child who has or has had cancer. The association supports and counsels these families, which includes providing information and offering numerous activities. As an advocate, VOKK endeavors to improve the quality of care and research in order to increase children's chances of survival.
SKION is the national association of diagnostic and attending specialists for pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplantation in the Netherlands. The association is comprised of pediatric pathologists, pediatric radiologists, pediatric radiotherapists, pediatric neurosurgeons and neurologists, pediatric surgeons, pediatric nurses, child psychologists and social workers, pediatric oncologists, and researchers in the field of childhood cancer. Together with other professionals, SKION strives to provide the best available treatment for children and their parents. The foundation sets national guidelines for treatment, stimulates research in the field of pediatric cancer, and monitors the quality of pediatric oncological care in the Netherlands. SKION is directly reimbursed by the healthcare companies.
The ODAS Foundation supports scientists, doctors, and organizations participating in scientific projects involving cancer and visual disorders in children and young people.