What is National Cancer Survivors Day?

Held on the first Sunday in June, National Cancer Survivors Day, is a celebration for all those who have been diagnosed with cancer and, following treatment, have been given the all clear. 

It is a day that is celebrated around the world and a chance to reflect on what cancer patients endure and the effect on their families. It is also the opportunity to say a huge thank you to all those who have made cancer survival possible from doctors and researchers to fundraisers and donors. 

Our support

The charity was founded over 30 years ago by Marion and Eddie O’Gorman, parents to Paul who sadly died from leukaemia in his early teens. Since its launch in 1988, Children with Cancer UK has raised more than £290 million and funded over 300 research projects which helped improve childhood cancer survival rates from 67% to 84%*. 

Every day there are 12 children diagnosed with cancer in the UK and sadly the statistics show that at least 2 of them will not survive.  Children with Cancer UK has met many families dealing with difficult cancer journeys and remains truly inspired by their courage and determination.

It is this that continues to drive us day in, day out to continue to support these families and fund research projects to help us achieve our vision of a world where every child survives cancer.

*Office of National Statistics (ONS) Childhood cancer survival in England: children diagnosed from 1990 to 2014 and followed up to 2015 and Cancer survival in England: adult, stage at diagnosis and childhood – patients followed up to 2018.

Felix's life after cancer story

Felix was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) on 26 January 2016. He was just 10 years old at the time. Now, six years later, he reflects on what’s important in life, his dreams and what life can be like after having survived childhood cancer.

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Read Felix’s story

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