Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded in 2013 by parents and family members of children with cancer. The group originally came together in 2013 to start the Light It Up Gold campaign in Ireland which runs during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September every year. The first campaign was so well received that a group of parents decided to set up a national paediatric cancer charity to represent children and families affected by childhood cancer in Ireland. Thus Childhood Cancer Foundation was born. Childhood Cancer Foundation was granted charitable status in June 2014. Our registered Charity No.: is CHY 21198. We are a voluntary parent led organisation with one part-time employee.
Childhood Cancer in Ireland
One in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their 19th birthday. There are currently over 200 children under 16 in active treatment for cancer. Treatments are harsh and can cause life-long side effects. It is estimated that there are over 6000 adult survivors of childhood cancer living in Ireland.
Our primary goal is to:
1- Raise awareness among the Irish public of issues surrounding childhood cancer
2- Help fund vital supports for parents and children who are affected by this disease
3- Advocate for improved services for families affected by childhood cancer