Sadly, cancer is the biggest cause of death in children under the age of 15, and that is why we are dedicated to funding research until every child survives. Research so far has done an incredible job in improving survival rates for some cancer types, but for others like neuroblastoma, which Alice was diagnosed with, progress has been slow.
Overall, childhood cancer survival rates are 85.5%, but for neuroblastoma the survival rate is 50%. We believe that no parent should be told that their child only has a 50% chance of survival. That is why research is still urgently needed.
By donating this Christmas, you will be helping to fund life-saving research so that more effective treatments can become a reality for children like Alice. Together we can give the gift of hope and help make sure every child can survive and celebrate Christmas at home without worrying about cancer or treatment. Thank you.
Three years ago, we received the news that no parent ever wants to hear – our beautiful Alice had cancer. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a type of cancer which affects nerve cells. We had never heard of it but we were told that our little girl only had a 50% chance of survival. We were completely heartbroken.
We were devastated to find out that Alice had a particularly aggressive form of neuroblastoma. She was put on an extremely intensive treatment plan which included chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and a nine hour surgery.
It was so tough watching my little girl have to endure the toxic treatment drugs as well as the roller-coaster of all the awful side effects such as hair and weight loss, loss of appetite, and allergic reactions. It was such a challenging time for our family.
But Alice really made our hearts burst with pride at her resilience. She got through treatment and her surgery, and today I am so proud to tell you she is in remission. After everything she has gone through, watching her dance around the living room as we put up our Christmas decorations feels like a miracle!
Sadly, there are so many families like ours who have a child with cancer and are going through the same thing. That is why research is so important. Because of research and people like you, I can spend Christmas with my daughter. I hope that one day no parent will have to hear that their child might not see another Christmas. Your gift today will really give my family, and many others like mine, so much hope for our children.
Jamie, Alice’s dad.
Dr Helen Bryant's research project is looking at MYCN neuroblastoma to discover whether drugs that are already treating other types of cancer will be effective against it. It could quite quickly result in treatments that save the lives of more children.Find out more
Neuroblastoma is a cancer of specialised nerve cells, called neural crest cells. These cells are involved in the development of the nervous system and other tissues.
Neuroblastoma can occur anywhere in the body, but it most often occurs in one of the adrenal glands, inFind out more
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