Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Be Child Cancer Aware



Can you imagine being told your child has Cancer? Maybe you have been there yourself, so you know exactly how it feels, just like my Friend Sarah. Sarah is married to John and they have four kids, Ethan, Olivia, Ted, and Eleanor.

Their 3rd child, Ted, was diagnosed with infantile Leukaemia, aged just 6 months, and was given a 50% chance of survival. It was a diagnosis that Sarah had to fight for, because after several visits to the GP, she was continuously told that she was just being paranoid and over anxious. Sarah knew her child, and she knew there was something seriously wrong with Ted and because of her persistence he began his life saving treatment.


During the two years of Ted's treatment, Sarah and John met many parents who had a similar experience with a late diagnosis. One of those parents was Diane Watt, they joined forces to found Be Child Cancer Aware, and together they developed an awareness card  which displays the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer. The charity believes that raising awareness of child cancer will help towards more positive outcomes for children. Through awareness, families can gain an earlier diagnosis.

The charity also runs a support programme for children with cancer called Beads of Courage. The Beads of Courage Programme is a new concept which was introduced to UK hospitals in July 2011. There are currently 45 hospitals enrolled with further hospitals due to receive the programme in July. The charity are also operating a 2 year waiting list.


The programme is designed to support children going through their treatment. It allows them to tell their story using colourful beads. The beads are used as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate different milestones such as blood transfusions, bone marrow transplants, hospital stays, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments. Their beads build up over time into a unique record of what they have been through. Some days are really tough for these kids. However, the beads are used for encouragement and say to everyone “that was tough….but….I did it”



Sarah works so hard to raise awareness of child cancer for early diagnosis, and she could really do with your help at the moment, as she is hoping that you might consider voting for her on the Direct Debit 100 Good Causes CampaignDirect Debit have been giving away £5,000 every month from March until June, and your votes will decide how the money is divided up. Every month they will ask the public to vote. The good cause with the most votes each month will receive £2,000, the runner up £1,000 and the remaining £2,000 will be divided equally amongst the runners up. 

If BCCA win or come 2nd, the money could really do so much for them. If you want to vote for this cause click the "Vote" button at the bottom of the page here. You can vote for as many causes as you like but you can only vote once for each cause. It literally takes seconds to vote. 


Thankyou For your Support x

4 comments:

  1. Thank goodness she fought for that diagnosis - I can't imagine what would have happened if she hadn't. Just voted! X.

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    1. Thanks so much, I know Sarah and the rest of BCCA really appreciate every vote x

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  2. I've voted! What an inspiring cause. As parents we would all want the earliest possible diagnosis.

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    1. Thanks Sarah, your vote is appreciated x

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