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#30DaysOfCharity – 36) Children with Cancer UK
Today we are really proud to support Children with Cancer UK. For more than 30 years Children with Cancer UK has funded over 200 research projects and helped fund research centres and respite homes across the country.
In February 1987, leukaemia claimed the life of 14-year-old Paul O’Gorman. Within weeks of his death, Eddie and Marion started fundraising. Just nine months later, another devastating blow struck the family when Paul’s sister, Jean, was also killed by cancer. In November 1987, just days after Jean’s death, their parents, Eddie and Marion O’Gorman, met Diana, Princess of Wales. Deeply moved by the double tragedy, she personally helped to establish this charity.
Since 1988 they have been working to improve survival rates and the quality of survival in young cancer patients. Great progress has been made and together they have helped drive childhood cancer survival rates up from 64% to 84%. Today, children with cancer are ringing The End of Treatment Bell to mark this huge milestone in their lives – the end of their cancer treatment. They are delighted to share with you their new animated video, that helps to explain our work over the last 30 years and our vision of a world where no child dies of cancer.