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Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded in 2013 by parents of children with cancer who came together initially to raise awareness of childhood cancer in Ireland with the Light It Up Gold campaign, during the month of September, International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Working closely with Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin, Ireland's National Paediatric Cancer Centre, the charity funds three projects on St John's Paediatric Cancer Ward, namely, Beads of Courage, the Internationally renowned arts in medecine supportive care programme, Play Services on the Ward's busy Day Unit and a complementary therapy research project in collaboration with the hospital and University College Dublin, School of Nursing. The Charity is also funding improvements to isolation room facilities for children with cancer while hospitalised at one of the country's 16 shared care hospitals. This includes the purchase of equipment such as cardiac monitors, electric beds, lie flat day beds for the parents, TV's and DVD players and wall art to brighten up the rooms for the children who are often isolated for days at a time for their cancer related care.
Childhood Cancer Foundation also advocates for children with cancer and their families and is working with the National Cancer Control Programme in relation to the implementation of recommendations in the National Cancer Strategy 2017 to 2026. In collaboration with the Irish Cancer Society we have launched a Parent Peer to Peer Support Network to provide support to parents and other adult family members following a child's diagnosis and throughout treatment.