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SCFC Community Foundation Helps Support Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research #SKforKidscan Campaign

SCFC Community Foundation Helps Support Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research #SKforKidscan Campaign
Posted on March 22, 2018
Archive : March 2018
Category : News

A brave cancer survivor from Gately, Stockport is urging the SK area to join her in the fight against children’s cancer as she launches the #SKforKidscan campaign, with local charity Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research. 15-year old Charlotte Jennings, an ambassador for Kidscan, is urging people to donate, fundraise or join a sponsored challenge, to help raise over £70,000 to fund two, three-year PhD researchers, who’s vital research will help to find safer treatments for children diagnosed with cancer.

Diagnosed with an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of 11, Charlotte underwent gruelling treatment which lasted for over 18-months. Because of the type of Leukaemia, an aggressive form of chemotherapy was needed, which caused severe side effects including Mucormycosis, leaking kidneys and Graft Versus Host Disease.

Now cancer free, Charlotte’s battle is not over, as she now deals with the late-effects of the treatment given to her including necrosis, osteoporosis and brittle bones. Charlotte will also never be able to have her own children. Out of the 130 children in the Stockport area that will be diagnosed with cancer, 33 will not survive. Of those who do, 60% will suffer from lifelong side-effects (also known as late-effects) of the treatments used the save their lives. These effects can include mobility issues, organ problems and infertility. Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research is dedicated to changing this – funding research to find safer treatments, so every child diagnosed can not only survive, but thrive through adulthood.

As part of the #SKforKidscan campaign, Kidscan are pleased to announce a partnership with the Stockport County Community Foundation. Not only will the partnership increase awareness around children’s cancer research, but will help to raise vital funds through bucket collections, a Kidscan football tournament and a children’s party hosted at Edgeley Park. Stockport County Community Foundation also donated match day tickets to Charlotte Jennings to use as raffle prizes in her upcoming birthday party, where proceeds will be split between the hospital in which Charlotte was treated, and Kidscan.

Kirsty Leigh, Kidscan’s Marketing Manager, commented “We would like to say a huge thank you to Stockport County and their Community Foundation team for their support and we are looking forward to working together in the coming year. Alongside raising vital funds for children’s cancer research, we hope that this partnership will encourage other businesses, community groups and individuals in the Stockport area to join us in fight against children’s cancer, by fundraising, donating or raising money through a sponsored challenge.”

Helen Foster-Grime, the Vice Chairman at Stockport County’s Community Foundation emphasised, “We feel privileged at Stockport County to be able to help Kidscan through our partnership to raise crucial funds for this vital research which we hope will one day reduce the suffering for brave, inspiring youngsters like Charlotte. Every child deserves a chance to survive Cancer. As the current Community Club of the Year Award Winners, everyone at County is proud to work with Kidscan to help children win their battle against cancer. “

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