The UK Childhood Cancer Conference is organised by Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and Bethany's Wish.
Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group is a leading children’s cancer charity and the UK and Ireland’s professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer. Each week in the UK and Ireland, more than 30 children are diagnosed with cancer. Two out of ten children will not survive their disease.
Over the last 40 years, CCLG has played a key role in the major improvements in survival rates and the standards of care for children. We bring together childhood cancer professionals to ensure all children receive the best possible treatment and care.
There are still some childhood cancers with a poor outlook, and many treatments can have long-lasting side effects. Further research is therefore vital, and the ultimate aim of CCLG is to cure as many children as possible while reducing the short and longterm side effects of treatment. We fund and support research into childhood cancers, and we help young patients and their families with our expert, high quality and award-winning information resources.
Bethany Polanco was 8 years old when she lost her fight to Wilms tumour, a rare childhood cancer of the kidney, in October 2012. Bethany's Wish was formed from donations during Bethany's four year fight.
About 70-80 children in the UK develop a Wilms' tumour each year. It most often affects children under the age of five. Whilst it has up to a 90% survival rate, unfortunately there are still 10% who do not respond to treatment as expected, like Bethany.
We intend to ensure that her fight was not in vain, that her memory and her smile live on forever. We hope that one day a cure might be found, and that other families suffering from Wilms tumour and other childhood cancers have some happiness in their lives.
After four years operating as an independent charity, Bethany's Wish joined CCLG as a Special Named Fund in 2017, raising funds to support research into high risk Wilms' tumours, and to support the annual Childhood Cancer Conference.