An awards program has been launched in East Staffordshire to recognize the courage of children and young people with cancer, supported by TikTok star Flossie Clegg.
About 160 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Staffordshire and the West Midlands region.
Nominations for the Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People Star Awards, in partnership with TK Maxx, are now open and families across East Staffordshire are being called upon to nominate young cancer patients and survivors in the run up to Christmas.
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The Star Awards are open to young people under the age of 18 who have been diagnosed and treated for cancer in the past five years.
There is no jury because Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People believes that every child diagnosed with cancer deserves special recognition.
All nominees will receive a trophy, £50 TK Maxx gift card, T-shirt and certificate signed by a host of famous faces including TikTok stars Flossie Clegg, Lewys Ball and Olivia Neill, Nanny McPhee star Dame Emma Thompson , celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, TV personalities Dr. Ranj and Joe Tasker, as well as children’s TV favorite Mister Maker.
Flossie Clegg said: “I am proud to support such a fantastic cause. The positivity and determination of children diagnosed with cancer is truly inspiring, especially considering how much they miss out on their treatment.
“Nominating someone for a Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People Star Award is such a fantastic opportunity to see them shine and recognize how incredible they are.”
Cancer in children and adolescents differs from cancer in adults, from the types of cancer to the impact of treatment. That is why Cancer Research UK for Children and Young People supports research to ensure that more young people survive cancer with a good quality of life.
The West Midlands Health Region is home to Cancer Research UK’s Children’s Cancer Trials Team, the only one of its kind in the UK. The team is putting the region at the forefront of childhood cancer research, coordinating pioneering clinical trials at many centers across the UK, including Birmingham Children’s Hospital. These trials make new treatments available to children with cancer, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of the latest discoveries.
With the Star Awards, the charity hopes to raise awareness of some of the challenges facing young people with cancer that scientists are trying to address.
Paula Young, spokesperson for Cancer Research UK in Burton, said: “A cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking at any age, but it can be particularly difficult for a child or young person and their families – especially when many can experience serious long-term side effects from their treatment. .
“Our Star Awards shed important light on these inspiring individuals, so we urge people to nominate now so we can celebrate their incredible courage.”
To nominate a star, visit https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/children-and-young-people/star-awards
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