Childhood cancer research

by Helen Hawley Hughes in Salford, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £20,473

raised so far

+ est. £74.00 Gift Aid

599

supporters

Kidscan are dedicated to finding safer, gentler and more targeted treatments for childhood cancer enabling children to survive and thrive.

by Helen Hawley Hughes in Salford, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

The more money we raise the quicker we can implement these much needed services. Getting the help to the people who need it now. 


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About Kidscan

At Kidscan we aim to create a world where every child can survive cancer and go on to live long healthy lives. We use your donations to fund research dedicated to childhood cancer because that’s how we will get there.                                                 

In the UK 20% of children diagnosed with cancer will not survive because treatment options are limited. Of those who do survive, 60% will develop life-altering disabilities that can include; hearing loss, infertility, major organ, bone problems and even heart failure. This happens because the treatments used to save their lives also cause lasting damage to children's growing bodies. Known as late-effects, these problems can appear long after treatment has finished, are progressive and can even reduce life expectancy.

1687257093_79250944_10157732257017476_6065006905474462137_n.jpgKidscan vision is to create a world where every single child diagnosed with cancer can both survive and thrive. That means receiving the right treatments designed for their cancer so they can live the long and healthy lives they deserve without worrying about developing late effects.

The Problem

Kidscan realise that research takes time with many new discoveries taking over 20 to come to market. The pandemic made Kidscan look at other ways in which we can help our community and after talking to our ambassadors they told us dedicated support groups were something that was currently lacking for them. The groups would offer a space where they would be able to talk with others who have the same lived experience as themselves and where they could share strategies in a comfortable and safe environment without feeling different or judged. 

However, we realised that due to childhood cancer, patients often feeling unwell and not always living close to our location that potentially a large number of users could be missing out on benefiting from the programme.

This is why Kidscan want to take our ambassador programme digital. This will enable us to reach everyone who will benefit from the support, whenever and wherever they are. 

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How can you help?

We are crowdfunding with the help of the BA Community fund, to help fund us the digital Ambassador programme. Kidscan's idea is to use moderated chatrooms and dedicated digital support groups which can be accessed 24/7 in addition to scheduled chats for parents and children on topics our ambassadors feel need addressing. By taking the programme digital, it will enable more childhood cancer patients, families and childhood cancer survivors to connect and become stronger together.  

The cost-of-living crisis has had a big affect on Kidscan fundraising ability with people not having the same levels of disposable income pre pandemic. We hope with the help of the BA Community Fund we can launch our digital ambassador programme and take the support to the children, families and survivors who need it now. 

Find out more about Kidscan

To find out more about Kidscan and the children we are supporting check out our website: https://kidscan.org.uk/

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