In the UK, 12 children and young people are still being diagnosed every day during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, out of these 12 two will not survive.
Please donate today to make sure every child with cancer gets to reach the magical day of ringing the end of treatment bell.
Today we urgently need your help. The pandemic has caused us a loss of £5 million which is severely impacting how much we can continue to invest in research.
Out of the 12 families who are told their child has cancer, two will not get to see their child complete treatment and go on to have a magical childhood. For these families, life-saving research is absolutely vital. Will you donate today to make sure funding into research can continue so that one day every child with cancer can reach the magical day of completing treatment and look forward to many more magical days?
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.
Today, your donation will help to make sure funding into life-saving research continues so that every child like Zunairah can reach the magical day of ringing the end of treatment bell.
*estimated amount based on NCRI partner data for 2018/19
Like every parent, the only thing I want to give my children is a magical childhood. So when my little girl, Zunairah, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) at just two years old, it completely shattered our lives. My little Zuni had always been so bubbly and joyful, but treatment really affected her. All we could do was pray for the day that she would complete chemotherapy and ring the end of treatment bell.
Thankfully, there has been great progress in ALL research and that meant that the doctors knew exactly how to go about Zuni’s treatment and two years later she was able to ring the end of treatment bell. It was truly one of the most magical days of our lives. As I held up my little girl to ring the bell, we counted down from ten and when we got to zero she rang the bell which a huge smile on her face.
I hope that one day every parent of a child with cancer will get to celebrate the magical day of ringing the bell. But out of the 12 children and young people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK, two will sadly not survive. That is why research is still so vital.
Research is the reason that my Zuni is remission now, and is having the magical childhood I always dreamt for her. She has been to Disneyland and has visited family in India. She loves gymnastics and is often cartwheeling around the house! When I look at her now, I feel so proud of how far she has come.
Sadly, the pandemic has caused Children with Cancer UK a loss of nearly £5 million, which is severely impacting how much it continue to invest in life-saving research. Please donate today to help make sure vital research continues for children like my Zuni.
Ayaze, Zunairah’s dad
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