Childhood Cancer Foundation runs the Light It Up Gold Campaign every year in September as part of International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, iconic buildings and landmarks light up gold- the colour of childhood cancer awareness, to support this campaign. The Mansion House, Dublin Convention Centre, Trim Castle, Shannon Airport and many more have joined buildings internationally such as Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.
We also promote the gold ribbon as the internationally recognised symbol of childhood cancer and organise and support awareness and fundraising events such as Light It Up Gold at the Curragh Racecourse during the Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
We are funding supports and services for children with cancer and their families such as:
- A full-time Play Specialist on the day unit of St John's Oncology Ward in Our Lady's Children Hospital, Crumlin
- Beads of Courage, the internationally recognised arts in medicine, supportive care programme
- Shared Care Hospital Project to help improve facilities and supports for children with cancer who are hospitalised in isolation rooms in Ireland’s 16 Shared Care/ Regional hospitals. To date, funding has been provided to a number of these hospitals to purchase equipment such as wall mounted cardiac monitors, lie flat chair beds for parents, child friendly electric beds, TV’s, DVD players, games and wall art to brighten up the rooms
- A Medical Research Project in conjunction with UCD School of Nursing which investigates the benefits of complementary therapies for children in active treatment for cancer
We work with the Irish Cancer Society to deliver a Parent Peer to Peer Support Network. This service was launched in May 2018 and provides support by trained parent volunteers to parents and other adult family members/ carers affected by a child’s cancer diagnosis. The Service aims to help parents to come to terms with their child's cancer diagnosis, talk about their feelings and anxieties arising from the diagnosis and treatment and gives them emotional support and practical advice.
We advocate for better supports and services for children with cancer and their families, increased investment in research, the development of child specific cancer drugs and better treatments and outcomes for all children with cancer.
Childhood Cancer Foundation is a member of:
- Childhood Cancer International
- Subgroups relating to the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, including the National Cancer Survivorship Needs Assessment Group and Cancer Patient Advisory Committee
- The CanCare4Living advisory panel which aims to establish high quality, long term follow up care facilities for survivors of childhood cancer
By working in partnership with other child cancer organisations, we are better placed to promote our aims and objectives. Membership of such organisations brings with it the benefit of a wider knowledge base and insight to the many issues surrounding a childhood cancer diagnosis such as the need for psycho-social care for children and their families and the many long term physical health, psychological and social issues faced by survivors.