Oldham News | Letters to the Editor | How you can help young people with cancer in your area this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Publication date: August 16, 2021

In the UK, children with cancer have to travel an average of 60 miles round trip to the hospital to receive life-saving treatment, with many traveling further afield


Throughout September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the UK’s largest childhood cancer charity, Young Lives vs Cancer, will help children with cancer make their voices heard…they may be small, but they have BIG voices !

Having cancer as a child is scary, lonely, relentless and painful.

Our children have missed so much in the past year.

But for many kids with cancer, they still trade classrooms for chemotherapy, still wave to relatives through windows, and watch friends blow out birthday candles through phone screens.

This Child Cancer Awareness Month, we want everyone to see children with cancer for who they are and who they want to be.

Because they are more than their cancer.

We’d love to see the local community come together to help young people with cancer in Greater Manchester, and there are many ways to get involved.

We are looking for volunteers to represent Young Lives vs Cancer on our bucket collections in local Morrisons stores.

We have different dates in September, all available dates and times can be found on our website.

In return, volunteers get a warm fuzzy feeling and a huge sense of pride!

In the UK, children with cancer have to travel an average of 60 miles round trip to the hospital to receive life-saving treatment, while many travel further afield.

We would love to see people in the local community sign up for our Challenge60.

They could run 60 miles all month (two miles a day), take a 60 mile bike ride or even jump, we don’t mind!

People can also support young people with cancer by purchasing their own Young Lives vs Cancer gold ribbon pin, which is available from Morrisons stores, or you can order one online for a suggested donation of £1.

Last year, nearly 300 children and young people with cancer from Greater Manchester and their families were supported by Young Lives vs Cancer.

Work is also underway on a new ‘Home from Home’ in the city, where young people can stay comfortably and free of charge during their treatment.

We would like to thank the community for their continued support.

Their efforts mean that Young Lives vs Cancer can be there for Greater Manchester’s children and young people with cancer, keeping families together by providing Home from Homes near hospitals and financial grants for support.

You can find out more about all the ways to get involved in this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, make a donation or shop online at: younglivesvscancer.org.uk #MoreThanMyCancer

Joe Burns

Senior Manager of Fundraising and Engagement – ​​Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Stafford

Young lives versus cancer

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