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 (CCLG) is a leading national charity and expert voice for all childhood cancers.
Each week in the UK and Ireland, more than 30 children are diagnosed with cancer. Our network of dedicated professional members work together in treatment, care and research to help shape a future where all children with cancer survive and live happy, healthy and independent lives.
We fund and support innovative world-class research and collaborate, both nationally and internationally, to drive forward improvements in childhood cancer. Our award-winning information resources help lessen the anxiety, stress and loneliness commonly felt by families, giving support throughout the cancer journey.
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.