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, the cancellation and postponement of many of our fundraising events due to the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we lost 40% of our income in 2020. This is putting the future of childhood cancer research at serious risk. It has already had a significant effect on our funding for research that could help children like Lily.
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 New Year, 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.
I know first-hand how crucial research into kinder and better treatments is. The effects of Lily’s diagnosis have been absolutely devastating on our everyday lives. We have spent countless days and nights in hospital and the tumour has caused Lily severe issues like partial blindness and a limp when she walks.
After a difficult three years, Lily has just completed her chemotherapy and we are so proud of her. However, it is still a scary and uncertain time for us because there is still a chance that her tumour could grow again. But just knowing that there are amazing people out there, like you, supporting childhood cancer research truly gives us hope for Lily’s future.
The last three years have been an incredibly painful journey for us, and I hope that one day no family has to go through what we are going through. Sadly, this year, another 4,500 families will be given the shattering news that their child has cancer. Will you give them hope by donating today to help make sure research into childhood cancer can continue? Together, we can make sure that one day every child survives.
Stephen, Lily’s dadDonate today
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