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Ted with his Beads of Courage

Beads of Courage UK Partnership

The Beads of Courage UK programme offers support and strength to families – helping children to keep a record of their courageous journey.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month helps to highlight the impact of cancer on young people and their family.

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Every day more than

10 children and young people

are diagnosed with cancer in the UK

8 out of 10

young childhood cancer patients can be successfully treated thanks to vital, specialist research we helped fund

We need to develop

safer, kinder & more effective

cancer therapies for children with fewer toxic side effects and ensure that we are doing everything we can to improve the lives of children with cancer

Out of every £100 spent on cancer research in the UK,

only £3

is spent on research into childhood cancer. We invest in the high-quality childhood cancer research that would otherwise go unfunded

So what do we do?

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We accelerate breakthroughs in research

We actively raise and invest money to fund specialist research to improve our understanding of childhood cancer and save the life of every child affected by it.

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We inspire action and raise awareness

Sharing our learning for the greater good of all and inspiring people to contribute towards a better future for our children, we unite people to fight the injustice of cancer in children.

Read about our awareness campaigns
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We support children and their families

We are there when families need us most. By funding welfare projects, delivering unforgettable events and fostering a loving environment, we strive to make the world a happier place for children.

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Why research is essential for saving children's lives

Childhood cancers are different to adult cancers and need their own research. Although they have names that say they’re a cancer, the vast majority of them are unique to childhood.

 

At Children with Cancer UK we want to find safer, more effective treatments for all young patients. Cancer is still the most common medical cause of death in children and young people – claiming over 500 young lives each year. We strive to liberate visionary researchers and accelerate the breakthroughs that will bring hope to children and their families for years to come.

Read how we're accelerating breakthroughs in childhood cancer research

You're not alone

Our journey started with a promise to help children

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. She died just nine months later that November.

Learn about our charity's beginnings
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The Great North Run

Have you got a place?

If you're lucky enough to have a place in this year's Great North Run, we'd love to have you in our team.

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Linda's Lottery

A brilliant way to support our life-saving work

You could win £25,000 helping our children to fight cancer.

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The Children with Cancer UK Ball

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An evening of spectacular entertainment and fundraising.

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