Good Hood Club
The Inil Hoodie
The Inil Hoodie is named in honour of POGO ambassador, Inil.
Inil was seven years old, living in South Korea, when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and treated with a 12-hour surgery at Seoul National University Hospital. His family moved to Canada when he was 10 years old because his parents wanted better opportunities and better medical care. Shortly after they arrived, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within his brain, likely related to the tumour.
“As part of my follow-up care, I receive MRIs every six months at a POGO AfterCare Clinic. In 2010, the test showed my tumour had grown. I received 70 cycles of chemo over an 18-month period. It shrunk the tumour a bit and it has remained stable ever since. When I was ready to apply to post-secondary, I started to work with a POGO academic and vocational counsellor who helped me with the transition from high school to college. Because of the support I received from POGO, I was accepted to college, I have a diploma and I was able to gain relevant work experience. I just want the same for other survivors.” - Inil
Survivors of childhood cancer in Ontario have lifelong access to a POGO AfterCare clinic that knows their history and monitors their health for things that might arise due to the cancer or the treatment they had. POGO school and work counsellors help survivors get the accommodations they need to finish high school and move on to post-secondary or university.
*The Inil Hoodie is Ash grey with rainbow artwork on the back and blue artwork on the front*