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Childhood Cancer 2017

18th / 19th September, Newcastle
Two-day meeting focused on translational research for patient benefit.

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Rose KellyChildren with Cancer UK is one of the UK's leading funders of research into childhood cancer.

We were inaugurated in 1988 by Diana, Princess of Wales in memory of Jean and Paul O'Gorman.

red-dot Jean and Paul O'Gorman

The O’Gorman family was shattered when brother and sister, Paul and Jean, fell victim to cancer within nine months of each other.

Fourteen year old Paul died in February 1987, only nine weeks after his diagnosis of leukaemia. Before Paul died he asked his parents, Eddie and Marion O'Gorman to help other children with leukaemia.

His sister Jean started to raise funds for children with leukaemia in her brother’s memory, and in defiance of her own cancer. She died just nine months later, that November.

red-dot Diana, Princess of Wales

In November 1987, just days after Jean’s death, the O'Gorman family met Diana, Princess of Wales. Deeply moved by their double tragedy, Diana personally helped the O’Gorman family to start the charity.

She kindly inaugurated the Charity on 12th January 1988 at Mill Hill Secondary School and continued to support us until her own untimely death in 1997.

red-dot Where we are today

Through the unceasing efforts of Jean and Paul’s family and friends, what began as a small memorial charity is now one of the UK’s leading funders of research into childhood cancer.

Our first task as a new charity back in 1988 was to raise £2 million to establish a new leukaemia research centre at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital. It took seven years to reach this target - the Paul O'Gorman Childhood Leukaemia Research Centre at Great Ormond Street opened in 1995.

Today, we are able to invest around £5 million annually in new research grants - in the form of project grants, fellowships and our current brain tumour initiative - with additional funding for welfare projects that help support children and families on their cancer journey.

Childhood Cancer 2016 is our fourth international scientific conference, following our successful conferences in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

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