And the diagnosis not only affects the child, but the entire community around that child – from parents and siblings to relatives and friends. That’s why we’re here to help – we provide wide-ranging support to help families as much as they need, with the aim of making day-to-day life a little easier.
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.
Almost 18% of the UK population have known a child who has suffered with cancer – that’s one in five – according to the results of a survey commissioned as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in 2019.
We work with other organisations to support children and young people and their families during the cancer journey – such as patient family accommodation and financial hardship grants – to help alleviate some of the burdens a cancer diagnosis places on children with cancer and their families.
Our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month campaign in 2019 focused on the ripple effect of childhood cancer, as those closest to a child with cancer provided support throughout the gruelling cancer journey.
Blue was just two years old when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), a rare and aggressive blood cancer, in March 2011. In our ‘A Child with Cancer is not Alone’ campaign video those closest to Blue describe their role in supporting Blue throughout his long and gruelling cancer journey.
The now nine-year-old’s story is shared through the eyes of his mum, Francesca, who describes the period as five years of “absolute hell”, his sister, grandparents, family friends and, lastly, his consultant. Each viewpoint demonstrates just how many people are impacted by childhood cancer but also that in tough times, a family’s support network means that a child never has to face cancer alone.Watch the full campaign