This year, the COVID-19 pandemic threw the world into a period of instability and uncertainty, and has had a worrying effect on cancer research funding. The National Cancer Research Institute has announced that funding into cancer research funding could drop by 46%, equating to a loss of £167 million.
At Children with Cancer UK, we have already seen a huge impact on our fundraising with an estimated 40% of our income now under threat. This means that we may not be able to fund new research projects, and is putting the future of childhood cancer research that could help children like Lily at serious risk.
Childhood cancer is different to adult cancer and it needs its own dedicated research which is why we need to continue investing in childhood cancer research specifically. Yet only around 2% of cancer research funding in the UK* is dedicated to childhood cancer research. We are one of the UK’s leading funders of childhood cancer research, and we receive no government funding, meaning that our position is entirely owed to the generosity of people like you.
This Christmas, your donation could help to continue funding into vital research and give hope to future generations of children.
*estimated amount based on NCRI partner data for 2018/19
When she was just a year old, my little girl, Lily, was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma, a type of brain tumour. It was one of the most devastating moments of our lives.
Lily is now three years into her treatment, which has included three courses of intensive chemotherapy. It has been an incredibly painful journey. We have spent so many days and nights in hospital as she picks up illnesses quite easily due to her weakened immune system. Sadly, her tumour and cysts have only continued to grow and have caused her severe issues like partial blindness and a limp when she walks.
As a parent of a child with cancer, one of the most overwhelming and regular emotions you feel is helplessness. Over the years, we have watched Lily go through toxic, intensive treatments and have repeatedly received disappointing news. Often it felt like there was nothing we could do to make it all better for our little girl.
That is why donating this Christmas to help secure the future of childhood cancer research a truly wonderful thing to do. When we hear about the money that amazing supporters like you donate, it genuinely helps to combat that feeling of helplessness.
Because of research, we have hope for Lily’s future as well as the future of treating childhood cancer. Please donate today, and give the gift of hope to families like mine this Christmas.
Lianna, Lily’s mumDonate today
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