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.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 15 in the UK. So whenever a child receives a cancer diagnosis, we want to make sure they have the best possible chance of survival by finding cures and better treatments through the ground-breaking research we fund. But we can’t do this alone.
We receive no government funding, and without our supporters vital research would often go unfunded. A donation from you today could help to fund visionary research and help make sure every child with cancer has the best chance of growing up.
Cancer is standing in the way of children’s futures. Together we can help change that.
When my little girl Astrid was just two years old she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). It was a massive shock and all I could think about whether I would get to see her grow up.
We knew very little about leukaemia at the time, so the first few weeks after her diagnosis were extremely confusing and distressing. Thinking about what chance Astrid had of surviving was so scary. But then we were told that ALL has a survival rate of 95%, which was immediately a huge relief. The survival rate for ALL is so strong and it is only because of continued funding into childhood cancer research.
This year Astrid is coming to the end of her treatment and after years of hospital visits, blood tests and chemotherapy it is surreal to be coming out on the other side. Throughout the years, Astrid has seen a lot of nurses and so it wasn’t a huge surprise when she told me that when she grows up she wants to be a nurse too.
I think that Astrid will be wonderful at whatever profession she chooses. She is such a happy person who loves learning. I can only see positive things for Astrid’s future and all I can do is hope that her experience with cancer doesn’t ever get in the way of that.
The only reason that I am in this position today, getting to watch my little girl grow up in front of me, is because of kind people like you helping to fund life-saving research into better treatments. Every parent’s hope for their child is a bright future for your child, and by donating today you can help make that a reality for every parent of a child with cancer.
Thank you for your support.
Muir, Astrid’s dad.
Thanks to continued funding into leukaemia research over the last 30 years, there has been a huge increase in the survival rates. Research like this is giving children like Astrid the best chance of growing up. Tragically, many children aren’t as lucky as Astrid because research into many other cancers has a long way to go.
Thanks to our supporters, we were able to invest over £450,000 in the BIOMarkers of Ependymomas in Children and Adolescents (BIOMECA) project. Ependymoma is the second most common brain tumour in children yet, in the last 30 years, there has been very little change in how this tumour is treated. Our funding is giving these visionary researchers the opportunity to use state-of the-art technology to gain a better biological understanding of this type of tumour. This knowledge would help doctors give young patients more targeted and more effective treatments, and improve the survival rates.Read more about this project
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