September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of the reality of a childhood cancer diagnosis and its impact on the whole family. Children’s cancer charity, Cancer Fund for Children is calling for business and the public to support of this campaign through fundraising or direct donations.
Every week across Northern Ireland, approximately three children and young people are diagnosed with cancer. By taking on a fundraising challenge such as a coffee morning or sponsored walk, or choosing Cancer Fund for Children as your charity of the year at work, you will be funding vital services and helping to ensure that no child has to face cancer alone.
15-year-old Charlotte from Armagh was diagnosed with Metastatic Medulloblastoma in April 2022. Speaking on her experience, she said:
“When I was diagnosed, I felt relief that there was a cause for all the pain. After surgery it was really hard trying to process everything. I felt I had no control over myself. My saving grace was Lucy from Cancer Fund for Children. The light of my life. I was her first patient when she started as a Cancer Support Specialist with the charity and there’s just a wee bond there. She really brightened me up. I didn’t want to do anything but still did it and then I started doing things because I wanted to. I looked forward to her visits. She gave my day a purpose. When I was discharged, I just felt so alone. We were so used to the routine in the hospital and felt secure and then all of a sudden, you’re out home and you just feel lost.”
Speaking about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Phil Alexander, CEO of Cancer Fund for Children said:
“We understand the devastating impact a childhood cancer diagnosis can have on the whole family and that, beyond the essential medical care, there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt. We provide informal social, emotional and therapeutic support in hospital, at home and in our therapeutic short break centre, Daisy Lodge, to help these families develop coping skills that might make their experience a little easier.
We are calling on the public to get behind Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September to help ensure that young people like Charlotte receive the right support, at the right time.”
Visit https://cancerfundforchildren.com/event/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/ to find out how you can help today or call and speak to a member of our team on 028 9080 55 99.