Thank you messages

“I am very grateful for this help in paying our gas bill. I am self employed and the sole earner for the family. I have always worked hard and taken pride in being able to look after my family. I have had to take lots of time off for my sons treatments and consultations and my wife has needed my support at home that we have sometimes struggled financially. The stress and lost time has affected my abilities to earn enough money. I am very grateful, thank you. – Matthew and Rebecca, parents whose 9 year old son suffering from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer

“While facing cancer I find it hard to keep all the plates spinning. The Cancer Recovery Fund has allowed me to remove a plate or two and get some peace of mind. Thank you so much” – Stephanie, Ovarian Cancer Patient

“It is wonderful to know there is support and financially. Cancer and the treatment before the cure zaps the life out of you! Getting divorced and losing your job doesn’t help either. Being a single parent having to cope on your own is not healthy therefore to know their is support, such as Cancer Recovery’ was a weight off my shoulders. The help offered, helped me sort out an escalating debt I am so grateful. Thank you” – Amanda, Breast Cancer Survivor

“When you and your family at no fault of your own find yourself in difficulties in paying the bills, due also, my husband having to give up work to look after me and the two children who are also fighting cancer and tumours, life is very hard. Thank you so so much from the bottom of our hearts” – Denise, Richard, Jordan and Emma, The Peel Family, Thyroid Cancer patients.

“I am a single mum of two and brought up my two kids, I work as a nurse and now have cancer in the breast and have been off work for a while. I am having a hard time paying my bills and have resorted to credit cards. Thank you so much for your help, it means so much to me and my children” – Ms. Nazareo, a breast cancer patient

“Receiving practical support in the early stages of our daughters treatment has meant we can concentrate on each other as a family, not being stressed about our energy bill has been a huge weight off our shoulders and allowed us to focus on looking after our little girl. We really are so grateful. Thank you” – The Thompson Family

 

 


Comparing Radiotherapy with Proton Therapy in Childhood Cancer

Cancer Recovery Foundation UK and our US based charity Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation have provided £65,000 to help fund a leading collaborative international study, looking at the potential benefits of proton radiotherapy for young patients with brain tumours.

The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, USA and clinicians at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust – Europe’s leading cancer centre – are aiming to compare the use of proton therapy in the treatment of the paediatric brain tumour, medulloblastoma, with conventional photon radiotherapy.

The study will be looking at the quality of life of patients who have survived medulloblastoma who have been treated at The Royal Marsden with state of the art photon therapy, including intensity modulated radiotherapy. Their outcomes will be compared with those from patients who have been treated for the same condition with proton therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr Henry Mandeville, Consultant Clinical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden Hospital, and lead investigator for the study in the UK, said:

This study is an important step to improving paediatric cancer treatment and survival. It will both inform the debate on proton radiotherapy and clarify its role in the management of paediatric cancers.

In this era of escalating healthcare costs and budgetary constraints, it is essential that the value of new medical technologies be measured and proven by comparing the health outcomes between old and new technologies.

Currently, 22 patients from The Royal Marsden have been recruited for the study, from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds.

As part of the study, patients will be asked to fill out a quality of life questionnaire.

The study has received £65,000 in funding from the Cancer Recovery Foundation UK and US-based charity, the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. At The Royal Marsden the money will fund a Clinical Nurse Specialist for one day a week to help deliver the questionnaire and collate the data.

Recent research, including a 2012 report published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, has shown that cancer survival rates for children have increased to around 80%. However, treatment can sometimes leave children with side effects that can affect their quality of life.

Download a copy of the press release from Cancer Recovery Foundation UK here. 

Read more about the study here:

Funding for ground-breaking childhood cancer treatment announced‘ – Anaesthesia UK


Zachary’s Cancer Recovery Story

Zachs cancer recovery story image 1

Zachary was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in December 2007. He was just 10 days short of his 3rd birthday. It was an incredible shock to his family although they knew he was unwell. The hospital started his treatment immediately, and his initial reaction to all the drugs was dramatic and frightening. After staying in hospital for another 6 weeks, he finally came home and he was in remission with his last treatment in March 2011.

The family applied for a Cancer Recovery grant to help pay their outstanding Electricity bill, as due to the extra care needs of Zachary they had fallen into arrears causing the family significant stress. We were able to help them with a grant for £300 towards their outstanding bill.

“The last few years have been severely testing as you can imagine – personally, spiritually and just about everything else too!

Luckily, we (Mum & Dad) are still married – but it came to a close call more than once – and are still hanging in there. We have both suffered from bouts of depression and are told we constantly appear stressed!

Our sincerest thanks for the £300 Cancer Recovery has sent us towards our electricity bill – it REALLY helps! Things have been such a struggle here and as of last week I was made redundant, so I’m sure you can appreciate how much of a difference your help will make!

As we are now at the end of Zack’s three years of cancer treatment, we look forward to his continued improvement in health and finally getting to be a ‘normal’ family once again, enjoying all the things ‘normal’ families do! Hopefully, our faith will continue to hold and our relationship will prosper once again.

For those of you who are just starting out on this dreadful path, hang on in there, don’t forget each other (as well as your child) and just cling to the good things and the future.

Thanks once again so much for Cancer Recovery’s help!”

Zach Last Day of Chemotherapy cancer recovery story image 2

 

To read more pieces written by cancer survivors and those in recovery please visit our Survivor Stories page. You can also view more thank you notes and messages from past grant recipients on our Messages of Thanks page.


Play time at Bristol Children’s Hospital

Not just the children enjoyed playing with our gift bags at Bristol Children’s Hospital, the Nurses and Play Specialists on the oncology day unit got stuck in too!

nurses at bristol children's hospital

 

Each year Children’s Cancer Recovery Project sends out thousands of free Gift Bags to children right across the UK. We are always looking for new and exciting toys to include, so if you would like your product featured in one of our deliveries do get in touch. We are particularly in need of sensory toys. Any donations of new toys towards the programme are also greatly appreciated. Everything you donate helps us put a smile on the face of a child living with cancer.


Christmas gift bag thank you card from Tunbridge Wells Hospital

Another beautiful thank you card from the staff on Hedgehog Ward at Tunbridge Wells Hospital about our Christmas Bear-able Gift Bags.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped support our 2014 Christmas gift bags and made them possible.

A special mention to the staff at the Man Group for their hard work and dedication to the programme.

Thank you note Tunbridge Wells Hospital

 

Each year Children’s Cancer Recovery Project sends out thousands of free Gift Bags to children right across the UK. We are always looking for new and exciting toys to include, so if you would like your product featured in one of our deliveries do get in touch. We are particularly in need of sensory toys. Any donations of new toys towards the programme are also greatly appreciated. Everything you donate helps us put a smile on the face of a child living with cancer.


Beautiful thank you note from St Mary’s Hospital Isle of Wight

A beautiful thank you note from the children and staff at St Mary’s Hospital Isle of Wight about our Gift Bags. The hospital were sent gift bags containing games and toys for 50 children staying in hospital over the Christmas period.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped support our 2014 Christmas gift bags and made them possible.

A special mention to the staff at the Man Group for their hard work and dedication to the programme.

Glittery Christmas Tree Thank you Card St Mary's Hospital Isle of Wight

Each year Children’s Cancer Recovery Project sends out thousands of  free Gift Bags to children right across the UK. We are always looking for new and exciting toys to include, so if you would like your product featured in one of our deliveries do get in touch. We are particularly in need of sensory toys. Any donations of new toys towards the programme are also greatly appreciated. Everything you donate helps us put a smile on the face of a child living with cancer.


Thank you from Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital

The lovely staff and patients at the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital sent us this charming Christmas card along with a letter thanking us for our donation of toys and games through our Bear-able Gift bag programme.

xmas thankyou 2014 royal aberdeen children's hospital


Thank you from Hope House Hospice

Aaron and santa 2014

“Thank you so much for the toys and games you gave to the children for Christmas. I have attached a photograph of Santa delivering the gifts to the children. We really do appreciate your continued support.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

– Louise at Hope House Children’s Hospices


2014 Children’s Project Recap

The Children’s Cancer Recovery Project operates as part of the larger charitable organisation Cancer Recovery Foundation UK, this branch off project focuses exclusively on working with children under the age of 18 and their families. Currently the organisation is affiliated with 118 Children’s Hospitals, Oncology Treatment Centres and Hospices across the whole of the United Kingdom.

In 2014 thousands of children and their families were helped by our programmes thanks to the cooperation and support of these centres.

Bear-able Gift Bags

Cancer is a difficult and depressing diagnosis for anyone to experience and children and their families can find themselves deeply affected for many years due to the long treatment and relapse risks as the child continues to grow and develop. Through the generous support of our donors and supporters The Children’s Cancer Recovery Project delivers toys and games to entertain children receiving treatment 3 times a year at Christmas, Easter and the Summer. In 2014 we were able to deliver over 15,000 toys and games to children with cancer all across the UK.

Cancer Recovery Foundation Fund

Taking time off work whilst undergoing cancer treatment can have a devastating affect on a families finances even in the short term. Estimates from the Citizens Advice Bureau and Macmillan Cancer Support show 4 out of 5 cancer patients are around £570 a month worse off since their diagnosis, with many patients turning off their heating and cutting out meals in order to keep a roof over their heads. This is why in 2014 Cancer Recovery gave over £70,643 to 369 families and individuals during their cancer treatment to help them with this financial shortfall. To find out more about our grant or to discover how you or someone you know can apply, visit our financial support page here.

International Aid

Thanks to the NHS cancer patients in the UK have access to the very latest and the best treatments available, however in many countries this is not the case and even the most basic treatments are limited and difficult to get hold of. This is why we at Cancer Recovery work in partnership with developing countries to help bring cancer treatments to those in need. In 2014 we provided £2 million of medications and medical supplies to clinics in Guatemala helping hundreds of patients. For more information on our work abroad please visit our International Aid page here.

None of this would have been possible without your enthusiastic backing of our work with cancer patients and their families. Thank you for all of your support in 2014, with your continued support we hope to reach out and help even more children and families living with cancer.