What do you hope for this Christmas?

This content is sponsored by Children with Cancer UK

This content is sponsored by Children with Cancer UK

For parents of a child with cancer, one of the most overwhelming and frequent emotions is helplessness. Will you help bring hope to families like Lily’s by considering leaving a gift in your Will?

Lily family Christmas

It’s likely that this Christmas won’t look or feel like one any of us have ever experienced. For some of us, this might be the first one without or with less of our loved ones, but for many children with cancer and their families spending their Christmases in hospital in the UK this is the heart-breaking reality every single year.

This Christmas, you could help give them the gift of hope by leaving a gift in your Will to Children with Cancer UK (and we have a free Wills service to help).

By leaving a gift in your Will, you would be helping to secure the future of childhood cancer research, which will give hope to more children to see another Christmas. Without your help, young lives will still be tragically cut short but together we can make sure every child survives cancer. We are doing everything we can to make sure that happens by developing more effective treatments with fewer toxic side effects. As a charity dedicated to childhood cancer research, we have funded crucial work that has supported breakthroughs such as the improved childhood cancer survival rates from 67% thirty years ago to 80% today. For children like Lily, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of one, this progress is vital.

Lily’s mum, Lianna, shares how research has given them hope throughout Lily’s treatment:

“Lily, was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma, a type of brain tumour known as a low-grade glioma. Since her diagnosis, Lily spent her Christmases in hospital going through a very long period of debilitating treatments, and this year was going to be her third Christmas of treatment, but luckily, we were able to finish it sooner. But we’re not out of the woods just yet; regular scans will continue to check her tumour hasn’t grown again.

As a parent of a child with cancer, one of the most overwhelming and frequent emotions you feel is helplessness.

Over the years, my husband and I have watched Lily go through toxic, intensive treatments and have repeatedly received disappointing news. Often it felt like there was nothing we could do to make it all better for our little girl. That is why donating to support research into childhood cancer is a truly wonderful thing to do. Children with Cancer UK is one of the UK’s leading funders of childhood cancer research and when we hear about the money that amazing people donate, it genuinely helps to combat that feeling of helplessness. Because of research, we have hope for Lily’s future as well as the future of treating childhood cancer.”

As the pandemic continues to cause uncertainty, one thing has remained certain. In the UK, every day another 12 children and young people will continue to be diagnosed with cancer, and 2 of those won’t survive. Can you imagine the heartbreak of a parent facing Christmas or any other day, without their child? As one of the UK’s largest funders of research into childhood cancer, we are committed to finding kinder treatments and cures and we can’t do it without you. By supporting our work, you could give hope to those children and their families who continue to face these devastating diagnoses.

Will you help bring hope to families like Lily’s by considering leaving a gift in your Will?

We have a free Will-writing service that could help you. Please use our quick and easy form here for more information or email [email protected] Or call 020 7404 0808.

Lucy Newark, Gifts in Wills Manager 

This content is sponsored by Children with Cancer UK

Last modified: June 10, 2021

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