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World Cancer Day takes place every year on February 4th to raise awareness, improve education and galvanise action to reduce the devastating impact that cancer has on the world. It’s led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Children with Cancer UK is proud to support the cause.

This year the theme for World Cancer Day is ‘I Am and I Will’.  Its focus is on an individual’s commitment to act. What will you do?


I Am and I Will

World Cancer Day 2020

We are currently facing the sad reality that 12 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every day.

This World Cancer Day, we’re asking you to stand with us and commit to one action that will help achieve a world where every child survives.

Watch our short video to see how others are responding to ‘I Am and I Will’. 

What will you do?

Daisy holding balloons, leaning against a tree

I will donate

Help us invest in vital specialist research that would otherwise go unfunded.

Make a donation
Man giving speech

I will stand up

Raise awareness of childhood cancer and its impact by sharing your story with us.

Share your story
woman wearing 12 vest running

I will run

Run 12k for the 12 children and young people diagnosed with cancer in the UK every day.

Run 12k
charlton sleepout at the valley

I will sleep

Celebrate 100 years of The Valley in Charlton Athletic’s pitchside Stadium Sleepout.

Find out more

Our impact so far

Because of your support, we have accomplished some incredible things in the last 32 years. Watch the video to find out more.

How you're helping

Little Translators explain our cancer research

The research you help us to fund is making a real difference to the treatments for children with cancer. One of the projects you’re currently helping with is looking for new MRI techniques to improve diagnosis. Our ‘Little Translator’ video gives an easy to understand explanation of Dr Patrick Hales’ research.

Phoebe & Alice help us understand new MRI techniques

Phoebe and her friend Alice help explain Dr Patrick Hales’ research. Phoebe is a childhood cancer survivor. Dr Hales is researching new scanning techniques to improve brain cancer diagnosis and monitoring of childhood cancer.

World Cancer Day 2019

Each day, 12 families in the UK are given the devastating news that their child has cancer. To mark 2019’s World Cancer Day, you donated £12 to support young cancer patients and to keep their families together.

LIian shares her World Cancer Day story

LIian’s son, Blake was three years old when he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma – a brain tumour.

Claire shares her World Cancer Day story

Claire’s son, Luke was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a very rare cancer when he was just six months old.

New Osteosarcoma research partnership

Osteosarcoma is a long way behind other cancers in terms of new treatments and improvement in survival due to a lack of research investment.

The International Osteosarcoma Research Symposium 2019, hosted by Children with Cancer UK and the Bone Cancer Research Trust, brought together researchers from across the globe to identify research progress, challenges that need to be overcome and opportunities to move research forward.

In 2019, we committed £500,000 to osteosarcoma research. The Bone Cancer Research Trust launched a £450,000, UK-wide observational clinical trial for all ages.

Read more

World Cancer Day 2018

For World Cancer Day 2018 we spent time with 10-year-old Laraib, from Birmingham was diagnosed with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: ABl2. She is the only child in the UK with this rare disease. Watch brave Laraib talk us through her new life.

Laraib's New Life

“My name is Laraib and I’m ten years old. I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia with an ABl2 translocation in February 2017. I have been told I am the only person in the country with this type of cancer.”

Laraib's Beads of Courage

“These are my beads of courage, and this is what each bead means.”

World Cancer Day 2017

Cliff O’Gorman speaks about World Cancer Day

We asked our supporters to send in questions about the charity to Cliff O’Gorman, brother of Paul O’Gorman, the young boy who’s death lead to the founding of our charity. We made a special video for World Cancer Day.