Posted on Monday 7 January 2019

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Support CLIC Sargent this World Cancer Day

CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has launched its 2019 World Cancer Day campaign and is calling on the public to wear their very own Band Against Cancer to show their support.

Support young people like Sara on World Cancer Day

This World Cancer Day, 4 February, CLIC Sargent is talking about relapse and how young cancer patients and their families who’ve dealt with this have to face the financial and emotional burden of cancer coming back.

Cancer costs families an average of £600 a month during treatment. These costs hit even harder for families going through cancer more than once. Three quarters of parents and over half of young people found managing their finances during treatment caused them additional stress and anxiety. The emotional impact of the diagnosis is even more devastating alongside the stresses of dealing with the financial burden again.

Sara Owen, 18, was 12-years-old when she first found out she had a rare brain tumour. She had surgery and travelled to Florida for Proton Beam Therapy.

Sara said: “I was finding it very difficult to understand just why my world had been turned upside down in just a few short months.”

After treatment Sara returned to school and slowly started to feel better. She was able to sit her GCSE examinations and began sixth form. Then, just as Sara was about to take her A-levels aged 17 she found out the cancer had come back.

CLIC Sargent was there for Sara and her family both times. Her CLIC Sargent Social Worker gave her vital emotional support, and liaised with her sixth form teachers so that she could continue studying when she felt well enough. Sara’s CLIC Sargent Nurse was also there to give advice.Sara said: “Without her support, I would have found it difficult to recover as well as I did.”

Sara passed her A-levels and is now studying medicine at university, with hopes that one day she can help other children with cancer.

Watch our World Cancer Day video to learn more about Sara’s story:

Later this month CLIC Sargent will launch a new report about the financial impact of relapse.

Get your own Band Against Cancer and support young lives against cancer this World Cancer Day. Bands are currently available on our online shop, and will soon be available in our charity shops and partners Morrisons, J D Wetherspoon pubs, and in select Ernest Jones and H Samuel stores.

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