Next up, in our series of blog posts highlighting the work of our customers' we are proud to introduce Solving Kid's Cancer. Septemeber marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we sat down with our Old Street customer to find out more.
Who are Solving Kids’ Cancer?
Solving Kids’ Cancer fights for a future where no child dies of neuroblastoma or suffers through treatment and beyond. They fund and advocate for ground-breaking clinical research and improved care, and support families practically and emotionally.
What is neuroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumour in children that occurs outside of the brain, predominantly in children under 5 years old. It’s a rare childhood cancer that affects around 100 children in the UK each year. It often starts in one of the adrenal glands but can also develop in the neck, chest, abdomen or spine.
By the time of diagnosis the cancer has usually spread as initial symptoms can often be mistaken for other things. It means that around 50% of cases are classified as ‘high-risk’, which is particularly aggressive and has high relapse rates of between 40 and 50%.
What is the biggest challenge for Solving Kids’ Cancer?
Because of the number of children and families we support, a lot of our fundraising is for their campaigns and set aside for the treatment they desperately need.
We are challenged to raise money for Solving Kids’ Cancer as a whole, to use on research and finding a cure, but also to cover our costs and grow our small team.
How can people get involved?
We work in the following ways
- Donate– either directly to Solving Kids’ Cancer to help fund research and find a cure, or more specifically to a child’s campaign to help them receive the best possible treatment
- Get involved – in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
- Spread the word – by following and sharing information on social media from our Facebook or Twitter profiles people can help us raise awareness of the work we do and reach more families that need our support.
People can also support Solving Kids’ Cancer and the families it supports through volunteering and taking on challenge events.
What does Childhood Cancer Awareness Month focus on?
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month takes place in September and sees individuals don a golden ribbon (recognised internationally as the symbol for childhood cancer) to show support and help raise awareness.
Many charities run independent campaigns during the month of September. Solving Kids’ Cancer are holding a Glow Gold Day on 21st September which encourages schools, friends and workplaces to hold a gold themed activity, we’ve come up with lots of ideas to get people started.
Cat Alabaster, Head of Fundraising, said “We’d love you to wear something gold on 21st September and Glow Gold with us! Then just snap a photo and put it on your social media accounts, tagging Solving Kids’ Cancer. We’ll be sharing your posts throughout the day!”
Why did Solving Kids Cancer choose CAN Mezzanine?
It was a nice space for our small team! We also like the friendly charity vibe, there’s easy access to other great organisations to network and ask for advice if we need it.
Find out more about the organisations at CAN Mezzanine.