Press release: Create a star this Christmas and help Children with Cancer UK

02 December 2012

Tuesday 4th December : For immediate release

Create a star this Christmas and help Children with Cancer UK
Children with Cancer UK, the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer, has launched a new digital Christmas campaign, encouraging supporters to create a star for a loved one and raise money to help children with cancer.

To create a star and wish family and friends a Merry Christmas, send a message of hope to children with cancer or remember a loved one, simply visit http://star.childrenwithcancer.org.uk, write your message and your twinkling star will appear on the Christmas tree. You can then send it to family, friends and loved ones by email, post it on Facebook or share it through Twitter.

There are four star designs, each has been created by a child who has survived cancer.  The star artists are: Ace Manthey, aged 7, Louisa Buttery, aged 8, Elizabeth Rysdale, aged 8, and Liam Taylor, aged 12.

Over 3,300 youngsters, including infants and babies, are diagnosed with cancer every year. Today, thanks to advances in research and treatment, over 80% of children diagnosed with leukaemia – the most common childhood cancer - survive. Sadly, this is not true for all forms of childhood cancer.

Creating a star is free, thanks to the sponsorship of design agency MAXX Design (www.maxx-design.co.uk) but star-makers are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to help Children with Cancer UK fight childhood cancer and save more young lives.

Please create a star this Christmas to help Children with Cancer UK continue their life-saving work.

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About the website

  • To create a star, visit http://star.childrenwithcancer.org.uk
  • The “Send a Star” concept was devised, designed and developed by design agency MAXX Design Limited (www.maxx-design.co.uk) who are proud to sponsor Children with Cancer UK’s Christmas campaign


About Children with Cancer UK

  • Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. We fund life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of all childhood cancers and work to protect young lives through essential welfare and campaigning programmes.
  • Children with Cancer UK is a registered charity (298405)
  • To find out more about Children with Cancer UK, visit www.childrenwithcancer.org.uk, follow on facebook at www.facebook.com/childrenwithcanceruk or on twitter @CwC_UK


About MAXX Design Limited

  • MAXX Design Limited is a design agency specialising in design for print, websites and campaigns.  Based in Newbury, Berkshire, the company works throughout the UK with charities, businesses and Government departments to raise profiles and increase income through innovative marketing campaigns and promotional materials in print and online.
  • For more information about MAXX Design Limited, please contact Catherine Jenkins, Business Development Manager on 01635 521224
  • Visit www.maxx-design.co.uk 
  • MAXX Design Limited, Northbrook Court, Park Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1EA


CASE STUDIES

Ace Manthey, aged 7.                     
Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire


“My son Ace was three years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. For a few months, Ace had been getting colds, nose bleeds and complaining of noises in his ears.  He had been having bad mood swings and developed a large bruise on his chest. After a number of blood tests, we were told the shocking news that Ace had leukaemia. Getting leukaemia at any age is not right, but Ace was only three years old and had just started living.


The treatment was gruelling and lasted for three and a half years. Ace went into anaphylactic shock because of the harsh chemotherapy drugs, and reacted badly to the steroids. We are so lucky that our son made it – a few years ago, not many children did. Ace is now a very active seven and a half year old.  He is an amazing boy who just inspires me to live life."  Ian, Ace’s dad

Louisa Buttery, aged 8.                     
Location: Godstone, Surrey


"Louisa was only three weeks old when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Louisa spent her first six months in hospital and it was extremely tough for the whole family. After a bone marrow transplant and four rounds of chemotherapy, Louisa finally achieved remission in November 2004.

She was able to come home in time for Christmas and it was such a special time for the whole family. Louisa is one of the lucky ones. She made it through and we are just so very thankful for our lively and energetic little girl." Davina, Louisa's mum.

Elizabeth Rysdale, aged 8.                     
Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire


"My daughter Elizabeth was born close to Christmas in 2004 – she was diagnosed with leukaemia just after her first birthday. We’d noticed that a lump was forming in her left eye and had taken her to a couple of appointments with an eye consultant. Just before she was due to be transferred to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, we were told that she had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

The two years of treatment that followed involved daily chemotherapy, which we gave her. Once a month she would go to hospital for a stronger dose and a five day course of steroids. She also had weekly blood tests. She needed a lumbar puncture every three months and took numerous different drugs over the two years.

Despite this gruelling treatment at such a young age, Elizabeth has remained an extremely bright and bubbly little girl. She nearly always had a smile on her face and very rarely complained about the treatments that she had to go through. Elizabeth's treatment finished on 30th April 2008. It was a massive milestone for us, although we won't stop worrying about her." Andrew, Elizabeth's dad  

Liam Taylor, aged 12.                     
Location: Wootton, Northamptonshire


“Christmas 2003 was the time our lives as a family would change - our son Liam was diagnosed with leukaemia, aged just three and a half. The week before Christmas, Liam had chickenpox. He was still lethargic by Boxing Day and he had a large bruise on his head. After a visit to the local GP, he was rushed to hospital where it was confirmed that he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

The news was devastating. To be told that our child had cancer turned our world upside down. Within days, Liam started his treatment. There were endless needles and medicine, he endured many hospital stays and the chemotherapy drugs made him gain weight and lose his hair. But he was always very brave and never let it get him down.

Three years after his diagnosis, Liam completed his treatment. He is now a confident, healthy and happy boy. It was a long three years and he will have regular check-ups at the hospital for many years to come. But hopefully he can look forward to leading a normal life, doing all the things a young boy should be able to do.” Karen, Liam's mum

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