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Childhood Cancer Ireland

On average 218 children (aged 0-19) are diagnosed with cancer every year in the Republic of Ireland. A diagnosis of childhood cancer has a devastating impact on the entire family. Childhood Cancer Ireland is a charity founded by and led by parents of children with cancer. We help to ease the burden of diagnosis and treatment on children and their families.

We aim to raise awareness of childhood cancer, fund emotional supports and services for children with cancer such as Play Services and the Beads of Courage® Programme and to be the voice of children with cancer and their families.

Our projects include Play Services on St John’s Haematology/Oncology Day Unit and the Beads of Courage® Programme at Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin. These services decrease distress and help children to understand and cope better with their diagnosis and treatment. We also collaborate with the Irish Cancer Society to provide Peer to Peer Support to parents by trained parent volunteers who understand what it is like to have a child with cancer. Our Shared Care/Regional Hospital Project funds essential upgrades and equipment for childhood cancer isolation and treatment rooms around the country.

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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.

where your money goes

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.

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contact details


Main St, Dunboyne, Meath, IRELAND

cause registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 21198

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA): 20084363

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