We've started a campaign to get September officially recognised in the UK as childhood cancer awareness month. This would bring it in line with the USA and Canada.
Currently, according to Cancer Research UK, the allocated month they "raise awareness" for childhood cancer is December.
Surely I'm not alone in thinking that this is possibly one of the most ludicrous notions ever heard. December? Childhood cancer awareness you say? December? What you mean that happy, festive time of year when folk are dashing through the snow, decorating the tree, listening to the Michael Buble Christmas album and planning presents? Oh yes right, I see - well yes of course you want to hear us cancer parents harping on about raising awareness of nasty children's cancers and "oh be careful know the signs - it could be your child next". Nothing casts a dim light over a happy Xmas than cancer talk. Well done CRUK - perfect timing there.
So, we (ie me and a few other like minded cancer parents) have decided to try to get this insanity changed to September. To be honest, last year, Cancer research UK barely did any posts in December about kids with cancer which was shocking - but we are used to this. If you want something done then you have to do it yourself. We have created a petition and, it's a tall order, we need 100,000 signatures. If we get that we can take it to Downing Street and possibly get it debated in the House of Commons. All we want to do is raise awareness at the same time that they are doing it across the pond. A united front to kick cancers butt.
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Or you can just directly sign the petition (UK residents only unfortunately)