September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Every day in the UK, 12 children and young people will receive the devastating news that they have cancer. Of those 12, two will not survive.

Of those lucky enough to survive, many will have long-term side-effects that may significantly impact their lives forever. This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re asking for your help to give every child the chance to grow up and fulfil their dreams.

Four childhood cancer survivors tell us how cancer continues to affect their lives.

We asked Bella-Rose 8, Sophia 6, Harry 14, and Maisie 27 who were all diagnosed with cancer at a very young age, what they want to be when they grow up. Watch our video to see what they said.  Find out about their symptoms, their treatment and how cancer continues to affect their lives, including  long term side effects.

Every child should have the chance to fulfil their dreams. But for many children who survive cancer, life doesn’t return to normal when treatment ends. The toxic treatments endured by their young bodies can also cause lifelong side effects.

Watch, share and like our video to help raise awareness this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

We asked children with cancer what they'd like to be when they grow up. Here's what they told us.

How you can get involved this September

This September, get involved in our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Campaign. Here are some of the ways you can help.

Help children like Sophia have the chance to fulfil her dreams

We all had dreams of who we wanted to be and what we wanted to achieve in life when we grew up. For many children who survive a childhood cancer diagnosis, life doesn’t just return to normal when treatment ends. The toxic treatments endured by their young bodies can take their toll and cause lifelong side effects.

We’re dedicated to minimising the harmful impacts of treatment on children with cancer.

Don’t let cancer stand in the way of a child’s dreams. Your support will help children whose lives are put on hold and whose futures are uncertain because of cancer. Children should not only survive cancer, but also grow up with the chance to fulfil their dreams.

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How you’re helping

Your generous support is helping us to fund important new research that will help to give children with cancer a better chance to fulfil their dreams.

Improving treatments for leukaemia

We’re funding new research, led by Professor Tariq Enver, a Professor of Stem Cell Biology and a world leader in the field of leukaemia.

Although the prognosis is now very good for children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), current treatments remain highly toxic and involve high levels of chemotherapy.

In addition to the severe side effects that children experience during treatment, they may also suffer long term side effects. Ultimately, this project aims to develop more targeted and less toxic therapies which will reduce the toxic effects of chemotherapy on the rest of the body.

Thank you for helping us to fund important new research like this.

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Previous years in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, we raise awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the form of events and stories. Here are a few of our previous milestones.

When I grow up...

We all have dreams of the person we want to become and what we want to achieve in life. For some children, those dreams are interrupted and sometimes shattered, by a cancer diagnosis.

We’re here to ensure that whenever a child receives a cancer diagnosis, they have the best possible chance of survival, whether that’s by finding cures and better treatments through the ground-breaking research we fund, or by helping to ease some burdens along the way.

We won’t let cancer stand in the way of a child’s hope for their future. Your support this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month will help give those children whose lives are put on hold and whose futures are uncertain because of cancer, the chance to live out their dreams.

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In previous years we’ve hosted our annual Childhood Cancer Conference throughout September. In 2019, the focus was an update on how genomic medicine is being used to deliver new therapies, reduce toxicity, enable early diagnosis and progress efforts to prevent cancer in children, teenagers and young adults. Read about our 2019 Conference here.

Our 2018 conference brought together leading research scientists from across the world to discuss advances in Precision Medicine, and how it can be used to treat children and young people with cancer. Read about our 2018 Conference here.

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Golden moments

In 2017,  for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we celebrated the positive impact of research in childhood and young person’s cancer by asking families to share their ‘Golden Moments’ from their child’s cancer journey. These moments are memories that will never be lost and show that even in difficult circumstances hope is a force for good. 

See the Golden Moments
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