Welcome to our Children with Cancer UK blog

We'll be sharing news about our work, stories from families affected by childhood cancer and from some of the researchers whose work we fund. We'll also be welcoming guest bloggers who will share their opinions and insight into childhood cancer.

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Patient stories: finding out that your child has cancer can be the start of an uncertain and difficult time for families. To try and help, a number of families have kindly shared their very personal experiences with us.

Your fundraising stories: our fundraisers are remarkable people - here are some inspiring stories from our dedicated team.

Our corporate news: some of our latest news on what our corporate and commercial partners have been doing for us.

Sixth anniversary of George's passing

25 April 2017
I (Penny) lost six relatives to cancer. Both sides of my family have suffered very cruelly and I now volunteer and blog to raise awareness and make a small difference in the fight against this terrible disease. I lost my cousin George to cancer, when he turned two years old he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma and at 15 years old he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of the jaw. Losing George On this day (25th April) six years ago I woke up on my 22nd birthday and was opening my presents when my mum called me to tell me my beautiful cousin Georgie had passed away a few hours before. Just like that this day had changed into the most bitterswe... Read More

"I'm sorry, your son has cancer"

21 April 2017
Julia writes about the day she was told her son had cancer and her determination to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Luke was diagnosed with leukaemia at just 21 months old in September 2015. ‘I’m sorry, your son has cancer’. It’s because of those words that in May 2017, my lovely friend Helen and I will be taking part in a duathlon. We will both be doing a 10km run, 40km cycle, 5km run, to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. "At 2:30am on Thursday 10th September 2015, I felt my heart physically break as I was woken and told that my then 21 month old son had cancer. Leukaemia, AML, M7 – high risk. After a four week battle seeing 1... Read More

Launching Precision Medicine at the House of Commons

04 April 2017
Sharon Hodgson MP with some of the children at the House of Commons
On Wednesday 29th March, we launched our ground-breaking Precision Medicine project at the House of Commons. We announced funding of £1.5 million for Precision Medicine - a brand new form of treatment for children with cancer. Watch our short video to see how the day went. A very special day The event was hosted by Shadow Minister for Public Health, Sharon Hodgson MP. Amongst our guests were childhood cancer families, concerned MPs, celebrity friends and involved supporters. It was a successful day, aimed at raising awareness amongst MPs and stakeholders of this exciting new Precision Medicine project.

Sharon Hodgson MP said:
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Headcorn Half Marathon

16 March 2017
Emma Aldrich banner
Countdown to London Marathon 2017 begins.... My name is Emma (on the left with Sarah) and I will be running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for Children with Cancer UK. Over the last five months, I have been charting my training and fundraising journey on my blog page My marathon application Back in April 2016, after a glass of wine at my eldest daughter’s birthday do, I filled in the ballot for the London Marathon 2017. I had never run more than 10K. I’d only been running for about two and a half years. I was a bit overweight and had slightly dodgy knees. A busy life already filled with work and family and friends. But I threw cauti... Read More

The importance of research into childhood brain tumours

01 March 2017
Blake in hospital
Every day, a family somewhere in the UK will receive the terrifying news that their child has a brain tumour.  “Our lives just stopped” says Llian, whose son Blake was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in September 2013 when he was just three years old. We were told Blake only had a few weeks to live.” Diagnosis can be difficult It took some time for Blake to be diagnosed, with numerous visits to the GP before his parents did some research and demanded the MRI scan that was to confirm their worst fears. This is a common story. Most GPs will never before have come across a child with a brain tumour and the symptoms can be similar to many more ... Read More

Talking about cancer

21 February 2017
I have lost six relatives to cancer. Both sides of my family have suffered very cruelly and I now volunteer and blog to raise awareness and make a small difference in the fight against this terrible disease. My name is Penny-Sophia Christofi and I am a 27-year-old London-born Cypriot. Like most Cypriot families, mine is large and filled with love. I divide my time between the UK and Cyprus doing what I can to raise awareness. Six relatives lost to cancer The first was my Dada (uncle) Sotiris, my dad's brother, who died when he was 31 years old of colon cancer. He was my dad's best friend and brother. I was two years old at the time and my ... Read More

26.2 things I now know about a marathon

17 January 2017
Katie with her London Marathon medal
London Marathon 2017 – I’m coming for you! We have unfinished business…. My name is Katie Tucker, and as some people will already know, I previously ran London in 2014 for Children with Cancer UK. For those that don’t, I finished the course in a time of 3 hours and 54 minutes (plus 20 seconds). I was overjoyed at this result as it was my first one and below my target of 4 hours. I’ve shared my experience of the day in another blog post (found here): London Marathon Blog What I know now I had planned to run again in 2015 but unfortunately picked up a stress fracture in my tibia only 4 weeks out from the race. My dreams were shattered, but ... Read More

Why do children’s cancers need their own research?

08 January 2017
Professor David Walker
Professor David Walker is a paediatric oncologist and works at the University of Nottingham and in Queen’s Medical Centre Hospital in Nottingham. He is a member of our Scientific Advisory Board and explains ‘Why children’s cancers need their own research’. Is cancer different in children to cancer in old people? Cancer is many, many thousands of diseases, not just one. The tissues in children, for example their bones, lungs, kidneys etc. are all growing and multiplying. Sometimes a mutation occurs in a child’s genes that means those cells multiply in a cancerous way rather than a normal way. Children’s cancers are a product of their growth ... Read More

Sports Events diary 2017

06 January 2017
Join our team

In 2017 why not join our Mr. Men Little Miss Team? There are lots of different Sports Events to choose from.

Our Sports Events Diary will help you to find the run, walk, cycle or trek that's best for you. Highlights of our year Virgin Money London Marathon
One of the most exciting highlights of the running year
with over 1,000 Children with Cancer UK runners. Great North Run
We have charity places in the Great North Run 2017. RideLondon - Surrey 100
We have charity places in the 2017 RideLondon-Surrey 100.
This is your chance to cycle this modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race route. Rat Race Dirty Weekend
The world’s l...
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The highlights of 2016

06 December 2016
Cliff OGorman
Our CEO, Cliff O’Gorman, takes this chance to thank you for your support in 2016 and to share some of our highlights. I’m happy to tell you that 2016 has been another successful year for the charity. With your help, we’ve been able to award almost £1.8 million to fund important and innovative new research, with awards for another £2 - £3 million in the pipeline. Throughout 2016, as well as funding research, we’ve funded welfare programmes to give much-needed support to children with cancer and their families. And we’ve continued our work to raise awareness of childhood cancer, drawing attention to the need to save more young lives and impro... Read More

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