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Providing support to anyone affected by blood cancer
This summer we are busy preparing for September, an important month in our calendar as it is Blood Cancer Awareness Month – an entire month dedicated to raising awareness of blood cancer.
Whilst we work hard all year around to raise awareness of and support families affected by blood cancer, September is a chance to focus on raising awareness of the vague signs and symptoms of blood cancer to help people to get diagnosed sooner. Earlier diagnosis is vital in saving lives.
September is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so it seems like the perfect time to talk about the signs and symptoms of childhood leukaemia to make sure that as many parents as possible know what to look out for if they suspect that their child has leukaemia.
Over 1,700 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. Over 30% of those children are diagnosed with a form of leukaemia, making it the most common type of childhood cancer. This is why it is so important to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of blood cancer in children.
Last year we launched our GP training course, which was designed to help GPs become more familiar with the notoriously vague symptoms of blood cancer in adults, like tiredness, night sweats and unusual bleeding and bruising. We also shared our symptoms cards to help empower patients to recognise if they might have a blood cancer. This year, during Blood Cancer and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we want to continue our campaign to get as many people as possible aware of and talking about childhood leukaemia.
Blood Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to get our supporters involved to raise awareness and funds to help us support more families that are affected by any blood cancer.
The news that your child has leukaemia can turn a family's world upside down. We want to show them our support – and you can too!
Help us raise awareness of childhood leukaemia and post your upside down selfies on social media using the hashtag #UpsideDown
Find out how to get involved here.
Last year, hundreds of people wore our red blood cancer awareness ribbons to help raise awareness of blood cancers. It might seem simple but our coloured ribbon is an effective way to get people talking about childhood leukaemia and its symptoms so that more children are diagnosed earlier.
If you want to help us raise awareness of leukaemia and its symptoms, you can get your ribbon by making a donation on our website or calling us on 01905 755 977. Don’t forget to get your family, friends and colleagues involved too! Each ribbon costs just £2 which helps Leukaemia CARE support families who are affected by leukaemia and other blood cancers.
We want as many people as possible to wear their ribbons; the more people who wear them, the more people out there are talking about leukaemia. Why not Tweet us a photo of you wearing your ribbon using the hashtag #BeBloodCancerAware?
Get your ribbon here.
A Thunderclap is a great way to get an important message trending on social media at the same time.
Sign up to our Thunderclap which will automatically update your social media status to promote our Blood Cancer Awareness month and help to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of leukaemia and other blood cancers.
Symptoms of childhood leukaemia are notoriously hard to spot and because it is quite rare, it can make it difficult to diagnose. In fact, most children are diagnosed as an emergency.
We’ve created a symptoms card to help parents be more aware of the signs and symptoms of childhood leukaemia. Raising awareness could help children with leukaemia be diagnosed sooner.
Our symptoms cards are a useful way to learn about symptoms of blood cancer and what to do if you are concerned. Get yours by downloading from our website or requested printed copies on 01905 755 977.
Blood Cancer Awareness Month is a great chance to do something fun in aid of Leukaemia CARE. Fundraising for Leukaemia CARE not only helps us to support families who are affected by leukaemia but it also helps to raise awareness too! From bake sales to fun runs or even a skydive (if you’re brave enough!) you could support us whilst doing something fun. Why not get your friends and family in on the action too?
For more ideas on how you can raise funds to help us to support families affected by leukaemia, visit our website.
Want to show your support but not sure how? A gift big or small will help us to be there for families affected by leukaemia.
Make a donation here
Hear from mums whose children have been diagnosed with leukaemia as they tell their story in their own words about the impact it has had on their families.
Watch the video here.