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What is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

Childhood Cancer Awareness month is an annual international event that takes place every September. During this month charities and supporters raise funds and highlight the impact of cancer on children and their family. People will wear the gold ribbon, the internationally recognised symbol for childhood cancer, to raise awareness.

Every day at least 12 children and young people get the news they have cancer.

Each September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month helps to highlight the impact of cancer on young people and their family. This, in turn, helps us to protect more children, improve the lives of young cancer patients and bring hope to them and their families through our groundbreaking research.

Until every child survives…

Our appeal this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month focuses on the goal that, until every child survives their cancer diagnosis and gets to ring the end of treatment bell, we need to keep striving to find kinder and safer treatments.

Nieve was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour at 5 years old. After a year of treatment, including chemotherapy and emergency surgery, Nieve rang the end of treatment bell during last year’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to donations from people like you, we can help children like Nieve. Please support us this September by donating so that we can fund life-saving research.


A child with cancer is not alone

Childhood cancer affects not only the child diagnosed but the entire community around that child. This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we’re focusing on the story of cancer survivor Blue, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) in 2011. Blue’s AML was aggressive and his treatment included a bone marrow transplant. The good news is that, in May 2017, Blue was declared ‘medically cured’.

Throughout September, you can watch interviews with various members of Blue’s family which illustrate the broader impact of childhood cancer and show that #AChildWithCancerIsNotAlone. We’ll be exploring each perspective in greater depth across Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Wearing a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month ribbon not only symbolises your support for those affected by cancer, it also helps to drive meaningful change.

Only 3% of cancer research funding focuses on childhood cancer. The treatments and care children need can differ from adults. This makes childhood cancer research vital to improving survival rates. With the help of our supporters we currently fund over 60 research projects, however, more funding is needed to drive breakthroughs and help keep families together.

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll be finding out what motivates all of the amazing people that support those affected by childhood cancer with our #WearTheRibbon campaign. Why do you want to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2019? Who would you wear the ribbon for? Is it a child or family affected by childhood cancer? Or maybe the staff that help care for these amazing children?

If you would like to tell us your reason for wearing the ribbon, simply post about it on social media with #WearTheRibbon. We’ve also created a template, which you can download and print to hold in your photo:  Wear the ribbon template

Visit the #WearTheRibbon page

Little Translators Isaac and Noah help us to understand what childhood cancer is

In this video, Isaac, Noah and Dr Owen help us to understand what childhood cancer is and why it’s different from cancer in adults. They also talk about the different treatments a child with cancer can have and how they work, as well as the side effects of these treatments.

Read Isaac’s story here

Want to find out why childhood cancers need their own research? Click the link below.

The importance of childhood cancer research

International Conference 2019

Our annual conference Childhood Cancer 2019, hosted by Newcastle University on the 9th and 10th of September. The conference served as 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. The experts who spoke at the conference are at the cutting edge of their fields, helping to develop kinder, more effective treatments for children.

International Conference 2019

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Support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with our facebook 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. Help us inspire the world to contribute to a better future for our children!

To add our frame to your profile picture:

  • Go to the profile picture frame feature (you must be logged into facebook)
  • Search for Children with Cancer UK
  • Click Use as Profile Picture to save

Add a frame to your Profile Picture

Little Translator Owen helps us to understand what brain tumours are

Once again, our Little Translators are helping to explain childhood cancer. Here, Owen and Prof David Walker give an overview of what brain tumours are, symptoms of brain tumours, how they can be treated and much more.

If you’re interested in seeing more Little Translator videos, please view our dedicated page by clicking the link below.

Little Translators Videos

Our TV, tube and train advertising

This September we’re running advertising on tube and train panels detailing our “until every child survives” appeal.

We’re also running TV advertising throughout the month. It showcases why it’s so important that we raise money for life-saving research to help more children ring the end of treatment bell. If you’d like to find out more about our advertising this September, please click below.

Our TV appeal

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Childhood Cancer 2018 Scientific Conference

Research presentationWe hosted our International Science Conference ‘Cancer in Children and Young People International Scientific and Medical Conference 2018’ in London on 12th – 14th September. The 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.

Scientific Conference 2018   

Gold Ribbon Appeal

We’re celebrating Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2018 with our Gold Ribbon Appeal. Who do you wear the ribbon for? Do you wear the ribbon for a world where no child dies of cancer? Or do you wear the ribbon for all those who support the children and families affected by cancer?

Visit our Gold Ribbon appeal page to see some of the reasons why people wear the ribbon and donate to help fund groundbreaking research, helping families stay together for longer.

Gold Ribbon Appeal

2018 TV Appeal

We’re currently running a TV appeal that highlights the difficulties that families face when their child has cancer and the moment that all of these families hope for, their child ringing The End Of Treatment Bell. Learn more about the TV appeal and view the video by clicking on the button below.

TV Appeal

Hero Patients And Doctors Share Their Cancer Stories And Research

Darren Hargrave on Precision Medicine In Childhood Cancer

Dr Hargrave speaks about precision medicine

Dr Darren Hargrave discusses precision medicine and the impact it could have on the treatment of childhood cancer.


Elliott speaks about his cancer journey

Elliott has faced cancer three times and is still only 19. Elliott talks about how he copes with treatment and his positive relationship with those in charge of his care.

Charlotte showing her London Marathon medal

Charlotte talks about how she coped

Charlotte talks about how cancer affected her when she was 13 and how she kept a very positive attitude. Charlotte has since gone on to run the London Marathon for us.

Pam, Charlotte's mum

Pam talks from a mother's perspective

Charlotte’s mum Pam talks about the impact a childhood cancer diagnosis can have on a parent and how the family coped.

Professor David Walker

Professor Walker talks about treatment

Professor David Walker talks about how childhood cancer is different to adult cancers and why it’s so important to fund research into childhood cancer.

As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we asked some amazing people to share their personal story of childhood cancer:

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2017


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. Please continue to send us your inspiring stories.

We shared the Golden Moments that have been sent to us throughout Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2017 and posted them on our dedicated page. You can also share your moment on your social profiles and use the #OurGoldenMoments hashtag.

With so many wonderful golden moments being shared with us, below are just a small selection, however, you can see all of #OurGoldenMoments here.

Ella's Golden Moment

One that sticks in my head is when she was first able to move about again and play after her open surgery. It was awful to see her so poorly after her operation to remove her right kidney so this moment was so precious to us.

Ethan who has Spindle Cell Sarcoma Cancer

Ethan's Golden Moment

It was what we all needed after the year we had. So off we went to Greece for a 7 day all inclusive holiday. We had such an amazing time and came back feeling ready to take on the world. It was a holiday I would never forget, Seeing Ethan’s smiles and laughter and him enjoying life again was priceless.

Sophie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

Sophie's Golden Moment

My daughter Sophie, graduated from preschool. She starts school in September. This was an incredible golden moment after a year and a half of chemotherapy treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. We are so proud of her!

Childhood Cancer Awareness 2017 Activities

Every September we help raise awareness for Childhood Cancer Month in a number of ways and 2017 was no different. Here’s what we got up to:

Childhood Cancer 2017 Conference

We hosted our International Science Conference ‘Childhood Cancer 2017’ in Newcastle in September 2017. The Conference brought together some of the leading paediatric cancer 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.

Videos and Podcasts

Throughout September we shared a number of new videos and podcasts about current cancer treatments and new advances in the field and the impact of this on the treatment of childhood cancer.

Little Translators Explain Our Cancer Research

To fund real breakthroughs, we aim to match extraordinary children with extraordinary researchers in order to benefit as many children as possible. Of course, these projects can be very complicated! To help explain a couple of these, we asked some amazing children to translate our life-saving research to help others to understand!

Louis and Grace explain our rhabdomyosarcoma research

Childhood cancer survivor Louis and his twin sister Grace help explain Dr Zoë’s research project we’re funding on rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of sarcoma cancer.

Sam And Ross Explain Immunotherapy Research

Sam and Ross help to explain Dr Kathleen Birley’s research into immunotherapy, which is becoming an increasingly important tool in the treatment of cancer.

Ellie's Story

Ellie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in October 2015. Her mum, Kate recently completed the London to Paris bike ride in aid of Children with Cancer UK. In this very powerful visual podcast, Ellie and Kate talk about Ellie’s childhood cancer journey for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month through a number of photos.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2016

For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2016 we did a number of things to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the research going into it.

Some of the activity included:

  • A scientific conference around the development of our new research strategy which was attended by a broad mix of scientists and clinicians from around the world
  • One Aldwych hotel’s Executive Chef, Dominic Teague, brought together four Michelin starred chefs in aid of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and held a dinner where all proceeds came directly to us. One Aldwych has been supporting us since 2012 and has raised over £60,000 to date
  • Jet filling stations supported us by helping to raise awareness during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with our logo adorned on one of their petrol tankers and selling ribbons in 38 of their petrol stations.

Please email us to find out how you can take part in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2018.