Posted by Kat Heath on 21 Sep 2020

September is Children’s Cancer Awareness Month (#CCAM).  This international campaign was launched by former President Barrack Obama in 2010 to commemorate families affected by childhood cancer.

Although cancer is rare in children and young people, it is reported in the UK that up to 1900 children up to the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer every year.

Childhood cancers are often very different to the cancers that affect adults and since the 1960s survival rates have doubled. It is reported that 8/10 children will survive cancer, however some cancers have a lower survival rate and rely on continuous research to help treat these specifically.

There are a network of specialist cancer centres known as Principal Treatment Centres which specialise in diagnosing and treating childhood/teen cancers. One of which is The Royal Marsden which is based locally to Epsom & Ewell in Sutton and world in close conjunction with our local hospitals and GP surgeries.

Most common types of cancers affecting children are: Leukaemia, Brain/Spinal tumours and Lymphoma.
With 50% of these cancers affecting 0-4 age group.

Institutions such as the Marsden and charities such as Momentum, which help by offering emotional and practical support to families affected by childhood cancer are reliant on charitable donations and annual fundraising to allow them to continue.

Local parent, Terri Lovis, whose dear son Ollie sadly passed away aged 4 after a brave fight against childhood cancer, explains the importance of charities such as Momentum and how they helped and supported her family when they needed it the most.

“When our son Ollie was ill, Bianca and the team at Momentum arranged treats for the children, held my hand and cried with me on the darker days and when we had to arrange a funeral for our 4 year old son they stepped up and helped with the organisation.

They provide amazing breaks for families with a boat on the Thames and holiday homes in the New Forest.

Most people are only just realising now what it is like to never be able to plan a holiday or to have it cancelled at the last minute.

That is normal life when you have a child with cancer and the ability to go away without worrying about deposits and whether you are too far from a hospital is priceless.

But of course it comes at a price for Momentum.

Many of you have experienced isolation during lockdown.

Not being able to leave the house other than hospital appointments or getting food and worrying that every person you meet is a potential source of infection for a loved one.

Not being able to meet with friends and family.

For parents of children with cancer that is the reality for months or years. You will now understand that it takes its toll.

Add lockdown to the constant worry that your child will die and that is the life of a parent of a child with cancer.

The support that Momentum give to the child and the whole family really is life changing to help them get through.”

Now more than ever charities such as Momentum who give life changing support to families affected by childhood cancer are needing support.

Fundraisers that they rely on have been cancelled therefore it’s vital we all support both Monentum and various other cancer charities during and after Childhood Cancer Month.

5GOLD to 70085 to donate £5
10GOLD to 70085 to donate £10
20GOLD to 70085 to donate £20

To see how you can help support Momentum Visit:

Kat x

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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