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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Help us raise vital awareness and funds funds in support of family’s like Annabel’s.

On average each year, around 520 children, adolescents, and young adults aged 0-24 years old are diagnosed with cancer across the Island of Ireland. That is almost 40  young people diagnosed with cancer this September alone.

There are also a significant number of siblings and parents / guardians impacted by cancer, alongside extended family members and friends.

A childhood cancer diagnosis is a life changing and challenging experience for the diagnosed child and their entire family circle.

Beyond the essential medical care there is a family life that needs put back together again, and Cancer Fund for Children are here to connect, empower, and strengthen families impacted by childhood cancer across the Island of Ireland.

We want every family to be able to access our services, in every county and every community… family’s just like Annabel’s.

Annabel's Story

“Annabel was six years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. To say our world was turned upside down is an understatement. I asked myself countless times how are we ever going to get through this.

We were offered the support of a Cancer Support Specialist to help Annabel manage her emotions through this cancer journey. Our amazing specialist, Hannah visits our home regularly and has helped Annabel so much with managing her fears and anxieties. She is such a ray of sunshine coming in to our home and has given us so much support as a family.

The one thing we would like other families to know about childhood cancer is that you are not alone. It’s a rollercoaster of a journey but there’s lots of support on offer to help you along the way. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

Sharon, Annabel’s mum

How you can get involved...

1)  Donate today via our website by clicking here and help us ensure that our vital work can continue. We simply could not be here for children and young people impacted by cancer, and their families, without amazing people like you by our side.


2)  Buy one of our bespoke Childhood Cancer Awareness Month wristbands through our online shop by clicking here! Choose from 3 colours and wear your wristband with pride throughout September and beyond to show your support for families like Annabel’s.


3)  Join us for the return of our annual Bog Run event on Sunday 9th October at Castlewellan Forest Park by clicking here! Get stuck in to the muddiest 5k around by yourself, or with your team. Open to participants from 10 years and older, the Bog Run is a run for fun. It is not timed and open to people of all fitness levels.


4) Take on your own fundraising event with family and friends, in your workplace, with your local club or community group, or in your school. Set up your online JustGiving page by clicking here and start the donations rolling in! Your event can be whatever you want it to be and our dedicated Fundraising Team are only a phone call or email away to support you – T: 028 9080 5599 | E: fundraising@cancerfundforchildren.com


5) Join us at your local EUROSPAR or ViVOXTRA on Saturday 3rd September for the return of our annual Community Coffee Morning! Stores will be hosting their own family fun coffee morning and activities to help raise vital funds and awareness within their communities for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so make sure to call in that morning to pick up a cuppa and a few treats for an amazing cause.

Get Involved

Setting up your own event

Planning your own event is a great way to support us.

Whether organising a gala dinner, head shave, fun day or football match, there will be an event to suit you, and we'll be here to support you every step of the way.

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