Children with Cancer UK was inaugurated in 1988 by Diana, Princess of Wales in memory of Jean and Paul O'Gorman.
Next year, 4,000 children and young people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer. They face months or even years of gruelling treatment that can include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery and sadly many will not survive, particularly those children suffering with brain cancer.
We need to increase our funding of brain cancer research and invest in Childhood Cancer Research Fellowships. These will give freedom and flexibility to scientists to develop innovative treatments so children suffer less and have a significantly increased chance of a cure.
With just a little help from you please, this Christmas, we will be able to commit to this life-saving work.
Jean and Paul O'Gorman
The O’Gorman family was shattered when brother and sister, Paul and Jean, fell victim to cancer within nine months of each other.
14 year old Paul died in February 1987, only nine weeks after his initial diagnosis of leukaemia in 1986. Before Paul died he asked his parents, Eddie and Marion O'Gorman to help other children with leukaemia.
His sister Jean - in defiance of her cancer, had started to raise funds for children with leukaemia in her brother’s memory - died just nine months later that November.
Diana, Princess of Wales
In November 1987, just days after Jean’s death, the O'Gorman family met Diana, Princess of Wales. Deeply moved by the double tragedy, Diana personally helped the O’Gorman family to start the charity.
She kindly inaugurated the Charity on 12th January 1988 at Mill Hill Secondary School.
Diana continued to support us until her own untimely death in 1997.
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Where we are today
Through the unceasing efforts of Jean and Paul’s family and friends, what began as a small memorial charity has evolved into Children with Cancer UK, a major force in paediatric oncology.
Since 1988, thanks to your support, we have raised over £180 million to help the fight against childhood cancer.
Research, improved treatments and support for children with cancer and their families are still much-needed. Every week in the UK, more than 70 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer. With your continued help we can continue our life-saving work.
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