We are Kidscan and we fund and manage research into childhood cancer with the aim that all children diagnosed with cancer will survive and thrive.
Why do we need help?
Kidscan fundraising has suffered through the Covid-19 pandemic as many of our charity events were cancelled and shops and bars that host our support tins closed.
We want to produce 5 professional videos to highlight why research into childhood cancers are so important and to showcase the research we are doing right now!
With your help, we can raise awareness of childhood cancer and fund new, safer treatments for children like Gracie.
Gracie died after treatment for cancer couldn’t save her.
Gracie was only 2 when diagnosed with a very rare, Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour (ATRT). Only 9 children per year are diagnosed in the UK and only 1 in 4 of those will survive.
Gracie's mum Katie says "we needed to get this message out there to people who aren’t aware what the situation is for children, the desperate need for new drugs and new treatments.
Cancer drugs given to children are the same stock of chemotherapy drugs they give to adults, they're just given in slightly different combinations, depending on the different protocols.
There are a very limited number of drugs available, these are drugs that have been developed, 30/40 years ago, for adults, and that is what is still being used to treat children in the 21st century in 2021. It's mind blowing when you realise that and even more so, when you then realise the damage that does."
How funds for professional filming can help?
There is a bit of an information void at the moment. Informational videos can play a huge part in getting the message across to mixed audiences of either lay people, specialist researchers and the like and we hope that by working with organisations like yourselves that we can produce these resources that are needed to raise the awareness of different challenges faced by childhood cancer sufferers as opposed to adult cancer patients.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in children in the UK. 25% of children diagnosed won’t make it to their 30th birthday. Many of the children who do survive, suffer life-long, life-limiting side effects caused by the treatments used to cure them.