Introduction of Speaker
- Executive Officer, Child Chemo House
Biography of Speaker
Akiko Tamura was the Project Coordinator of Multicultural Center from 1996 to 2000. She gave birth to a boy in 2000. In 2002, her son suffered from neuroblastoma, a kind of childhood cancer, and Tamura was involved in setting up the Society for human resources development in childhood blood cancers and the patient’s QOL studies in 2005. In 2006, she worked on establishing the Child Chemo House(NPO) as an incorporator. In September 2007, her son relapsed and in November 2009, he died at the age of 8. After his death, Tamura worked hard for completing the Child Chemo House which children undergoing chemotherapy can stay together with their families. In 2014, she is the executive officer. In February 2013, Child Chemo House was completed in Port Island in Kobe as the first
therapeutic institution of childhood cancer in Japan.