We are delighted to announce that a total of £6,621 was raised at the European Mediscience Awards 2016 in aid of Children With Cancer UK.
Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. We work to determine the causes, find cures and provide care for children with cancer.
Our focus is working with children and young people in the UK affected by cancer, but the benefits of the research we fund impacts children with cancer on a worldwide scale.
In November 1986, Paul O’Gorman was diagnosed with leukaemia. He died just nine weeks later. He was 14 years old. Nine months later, Paul’s sister, Jean, also sadly lost her fight against cancer. Before their deaths, parents Eddie and Marion O’Gorman promised to help other children with cancer, so no other child would have their life cut short. Through the unceasing efforts of Paul and Jean’s family and friends, what began as a small memorial charity in 1988 has evolved into Children with Cancer UK, a major force in paediatric oncology.
Every year, almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. This means ten families are given this devastating news every day. Despite the huge advances that have been made in recent decades to improve treatments, cancer is the leading medical cause of death in children and young people (1 to 24 years), responsible for the loss of more than 500 young lives every year in the UK.
For those who survive, life after cancer can be considerably different. Many young patients are left with serious,
life-altering, long-term problems caused not only by the cancer itself, but also by the aggressive treatments used to save their lives. Research and support for children with cancer and their families is vital.
Children with Cancer UK is a small charity with a big impact. We currently fund over 60 research projects at centres
of excellence around the UK. Children with Cancer UK funds research into all childhood cancers so that, in future,
we can better understand these diseases and find more effective, less toxic ways of treating young patients.
We can’t do this alone.
Click here for details of how to donate at the European Mediscience Awards.