About Children with Cancer UK

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Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. 

How we began

Paul and Jean O'GormanOur life-saving work started when two parents made a promise to their dying son. 

In November 1986, Paul O’Gorman was diagnosed with leukaemia.  He died just nine weeks later.  He was 14 years old. 

Less than a year after losing their son, Eddie and Marion O’Gorman lost their daughter Jean, also to cancer.

Before his death, Paul’s parents promised to help other children with cancer so that no other child would have their life cut short by this dreadful disease. 

Our charity was inaugurated in 1988 and, today, we have grown from a small memorial charity to a major force in the fight against childhood cancer.

Read more: About us

What we do

  • We aim to determine the causes, fund cures and provide care for children with cancer.

  • We fund life-saving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer.

  • We fund innovative welfare projects to provide better care for young cancer patients and their families.

  • We campaign to raise awareness of childhood cancer to protect more children and to improve the lives of young cancer patients today and in the future. 

Read more: Our research projectsOur welfare projectsOur campaigning work

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