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What is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

Every day in the UK, an average of 12 children and young people will receive the devastating news that they have cancer. Out of the 12 diagnosed, two will not survive.

Each September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month helps to highlight the impact of cancer on children, young people and their families. Through vital awareness raising activities and ground-breaking childhood cancer research, we can help save young lives and keep families together.

What we are doing for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2020

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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.

How you can get involved in 2020

This September, get involved in our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Campaign. Here’s just a couple of the ways you can get involved.

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Wear your gold ribbon

This year, we are pleased to bring you our brand new, limited edition gold ribbon pin badge. By wearing your gold ribbon pin badge, you are joining us in our promise to fund vital research to save the lives of children with cancer. Because we believe that every child should be given the chance to grow up and achieve their dreams.

Our pin badge will be available to purchase soon.

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Share these stories

Children and young people living with cancer have shared with us what they want to be when they grow up. See some of the hopes and dreams these children have for their future, and find out more about their stories.

Read their stories
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Add a Facebook profile frame

To show your support and spread awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Children with Cancer UK, you can use one of our custom made social media profile frames throughout September. 

Add a frame to your profile picture
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Get fundraising

Want some creative ideas on how you can fundraise during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? Look no further – we have put together a range of fun event ideas and activities for everyone to get involved in.

Get fundraising ideas

Read first-hand accounts from families affected by childhood cancer

Previous years in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, we raise awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the forms of events and stories. Here’s a quick summary of previous milestones and campaigns.


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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