When CLIC Sargent contacted me about Childhood Cancer Awareness month #CCAM, I jumped at the chance to be involved.
Regular readers will know that I have Cerebral Palsy and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. I have spent a lot of time in a lot of hospitals and consequently, a lot of time with children who were suffering from various cancers. Some survived. They’ve thrived, have great jobs, wonderful families and are living their lives to the fullest.
Others were not so lucky, and I watched six friends succumb to this cruel disease. Six lively, spirited teenagers who didn’t get a chance to become adults. That’s six families who lost their child, six families destroyed.
CLIC Sargents – #CancerCosts Campaign
As if a child with cancer isn’t hard enough, families also have to worry about the financial implications: loss of earnings, travel, family accommodation, food and so much more. It can cost a family, on average, £600 a month, £180 a month of that is just on travel and that’s why CLIC Sargent have started a campaign #CancerCosts.
The #CancerCosts campaign is asking people to sign their petition “challenging government to create a travel fund for children and young people with cancer, so they don’t have to worry about mounting travel costs during treatment”
If all the children and young people supported by CLIC Sargent made their cancer commute to one treatment on the same day, they’d travel over 450,000 miles. That’s 18 times around the world! That’s an incredible cost
How can you help?
I have been wearing my CLIC Sargent Childhood Cancer Awareness pin with pride and you can buy yours here (plus lots of other fantastic awareness merchandise!), you can also buy them at Morrison stores or at Wetherspoons eateries.
→ If you can spare a few minutes please sign the #CancerCosts petition click here.←
Parenting a child with cancer is a terrifying and traumatic experience without having to worry about money, please support this campaign and share this page with your loved ones.