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Childhood Cancer Foundation

Childhood Cancer Foundation is a national, voluntary, parent led charity. Our goal is to raise awareness of childhood cancer, fund supports for and be the voice of children with cancer and their families. We receive no state funding and rely on the generosity of public donations to fund our projects.

Childhood cancer is the largest disease killer of children in Ireland. One in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their 19th birthday and over 200 children are diagnosed each year. Sadly, one in five of those children will not survive.

Treatments are harsh and while they have improved greatly, many childhood cancer survivors suffer serious life long side effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The disease has a devastating effect on the whole family who suffer emotionally, psychologically and financially throughout long and difficult treatment protocols. 

As parents having “walked the cancer road with our children” we are well placed to understand all the diverse issues that a cancer diagnosis brings. We campaign for continued investment in research, the development of child specific cancer drugs and better treatment and outcomes for all children with cancer. It is estimated that there are over 6000 adult survivors of childhood cancer living in Ireland today.

Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded in 2013 by a group of parents and family members of children with cancer. The group originally came together to start the Light It Up Gold campaign in Ireland. This campaign runs every year during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September. In September 2018 almost 100 buildings and landmarks across Ireland lit up gold for childhood cancer awareness.

Childhood Cancer Foundation was granted charitable status in June 2014.  We are a voluntary, parent led organisation with one part-time employee.

Through the generosity of our donors we are proud to fund supports and services for children with cancer and their families including:

- Shared Care Hospital Project to improve facilities for children with cancer hospitalised in isolation rooms in Ireland’s 16 Shared Care/ regional hospitals. Equipment funded to date includes wall mounted cardiac monitors, lie flat chair beds for parents, TVs, games consoles and wall art to brighten up the rooms for the children.

- Play Services: We fund a full time Play Specialist on St John’s paediatric cancer day unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin to provide distraction and support when it is needed most.

- Beads of Courage™, the internationally recognised arts in medicine supportive care programme designed to help children understand and cope with their diagnosis. We have also extended the programme to siblings. Over 300 children have taken part in the programme on St John’s Ward to date.

We continue to run awareness campaigns including Light It Up Gold and promote the gold ribbon as the international symbol of childhood cancer. We are also working with the National Cancer Control Programme to implement recommendations in the National Cancer Strategy. In collaboration with the Irish Cancer Society, we set up a Peer to Peer Support Network to support parents following their child’s cancer diagnosis and throughout treatment.

Contact Details

Main St, Dunboyne, Meath, IRELAND

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 21198

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20084363

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