Childhood Cancer Ireland is here to help children, adolescents, young adults and their families at every step on the childhood cancer journey – from diagnosis and through treatment, through survivorship and into adulthood.

Childhood Cancer Ireland is here to help children, adolescents, young adults and their families at every step on the childhood cancer journey – from diagnosis and through treatment, through survivorship and into adulthood.


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Supporting Ireland’s fight against childhood cancer

Our Mission

Childhood Cancer Ireland is a charity founded by and led by parents of children with cancer.
Our mission is to achieve health justice for all children diagnosed with cancer in Ireland.

We want to ensure that more children survive childhood cancer and thrive as adults through early diagnosis, access to less toxic treatments and a holistic approach to support for survivors and their families, who are dealing with the long-term effects.


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Parents and Carers


If your child has recently been diagnosed with cancer, we understand the fear and powerlessness you are feeling. We have been where you are now, and we know that you are looking for useful information, but we also know that too much information can be overwhelming.

Young People

Young People

Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) have very specific concerns when they are diagnosed with cancer.
This is a time when you want to meet others and form close relationships. It’s a time when you want to focus on school, careers or starting families. 



 Leaving treatment is a time to celebrate but can also be an anxious time for patients and parents.
Living with childhood cancer is all-consuming – so what now? How do you go forward in this new life as a survivor?

“Supporting Ireland’s fight against childhood cancer”

6 children every week are diagnosed with cancer

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Top 5 tips for starting secondary school

Top 5 tips for starting secondary school

Starting secondary school is a big move for any child (and parent!), but particularly so for a young person who is affected by childhood cancer.   Your child may be a survivor but experiencing long term or late effects from their treatment that could have...

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Your generosity has the power to improve the lives of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and their families.

We help ease the burden of diagnosis and treatment on children and their families by providing practical and emotional supports for families at a very difficult time.

Upcoming Events

This May Bank Holiday, join Adam Reddington from Fuerty, Co. Roscommon, on a 10k or 5k fun run to raise funds for two childhood cancer charities – Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland and Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.  Adam, age 13, has himself experienced childhood cancer, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour at age five. Adam had surgery and proton therapy in Germany which was very successful for more than four years. Unfortunately, Adam’s cancer returned last year and is having a significant impact on his mobility.  However, Adam, who was very sporty and active before his relapse, wanted to do something positive in his community, as his mum Elaine explains.  “Adam is amazing. He decided he wanted to do a fundraiser and picked two charities that mean a lot to him and to our family. It’s given him a great focus and something to look forward to. Adam feels he’s doing something really positive for other people who might have similar challenges to him. We’re very proud of Adam for wanting to do it and it’s been great for our family as his three siblings Josh, Tom Óg and Alannah are supporting him all the way.”  Laura Cullinan, Director of Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland said that Adam is a huge role model for anyone living with childhood cancer. “We are so proud of Adam, he’s an inspiration. Even though he is facing his own challenges, he is thinking of other children, adolescents and young adults who are newly diagnosed or going through treatment and he wants to help make their lives a little easier. He and his siblings are doing the childhood cancer community proud. Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland funds the Beads of Courage Programme for our Gold Ribbon Heroes and their siblings and Play Services on St. John’s Day Ward.”  Mick Rochford, CEO Aoibheann’s Pink Tie said Adam is an inspiring young man. “Focusing on the needs of others is a selfless act and we are honoured to be one of the recipients of the funds raised by Adam and his Super Siblings. The funds raised will enable us to buy dry suits, pay for respite days, hotel accommodation at a local hotel when a child is in treatment, fuel vouchers, food vouchers and so much more. On behalf of all the Team and the families we support A BIG THANK YOU Adam and of course your Super Siblings Josh Tom Óg and Alannah.”  Adam’s Fun Run will start at Mulhern Park, Fuerty GAA Club on Monday 2nd May at 11am. Please come along and show your support if you can. Registration takes place on the day, with 5k and 10k routes available.  You can also make a donation online at   For updates follow @adams-fun-run on Facebook.  

02 May 2022

Moving from second to third level can be daunting for any student and parent, and it is even more so for childhood cancer survivors or adolescents and young adults who are undergoing treatment. No young person affected by childhood cancer is left unmarked by their journey and the treatments needed to save their lives. Many of our adolescents and young adults are dealing with long term and late effects, which may be physical, emotional or cognitive. This webinar aims to provide information and advice on moving through the senior cycle and moving onto higher and further education. We will look at DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) and find out how it applies to young people affected by childhood cancer and how to apply. We will also find out more about supports available in college and how to access them. Guests: Our guests are Lucy Cronly, a parent of a childhood cancer survivor. Lucy has over 30 years’ experience working in social care. Her son underwent treatment for childhood cancer from the age of 11-14 and has just started college. Lucy will share her experiences and advice on DARE and other supports. Dr Declan Reilly, Disability Officer with Trinity College Dublin, has been working in Trinity College since 2005. He has particular responsibility for providing evidence based supports for students as they settle into Trinity and advance their skills of independent learning and self-determination. Who should attend: This webinar is open to parents and students at any stage of education, but may be particularly of interest to those in senior cycle. Anyone working alongside adolescents and young adults affected by childhood cancer is also welcome to attend. Register: Please register in advance to attend this webinar:

24 Nov 2021

Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland, CanCare4Living and CanTeen Ireland are joining forces to host an online conference on Saturday 11th September. Our organisations are advocates for children, adolescents & young adults who have/had cancer and for their families. We are delighted to be supported by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) and Children’s Health Ireland ([email protected]). The title of the conference is CAYAS – Childhood, Adolescent, Young Adult Cancers & Survivorship, the theme is Forward Together, and the CAYAS community's lived experience is central to the conversation. The aim of this conference is to bring together all those impacted by or involved in the CAYAS cancer community - including patients, survivors, families, carers, advocates, health care professionals, researchers and policy makers – all are welcome. When a project needs input and support from many different people, it’s said ‘it takes a village’ - we want to bring that village together to join the conversation and collaborate to benefit our CAYAS community. Register now for this free event now at

11 Sep 2021

We are delighted to bring you our Gold Ribbon Conversations podcast during Childhood Cancer Awareness month, exploring various aspects of childhood cancer with five guests. You’ll find Gold Ribbon Conversations wherever you listen to podcasts. Episode 1: Nikki Bradley Nikki was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer at the age of 16. Now as an adult she shares the impact of this adolescent diagnosis and treatment on her mental, emotional, physical and fertility health. Now as a motivational speaker Nikki has completed a number of physical challenges and champions the power of mindset. Episode 2: Sinead Wood Sinead’s son Cillian was diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of seven and has fought cancer for 3 years. He has just finished treatment and has a bright future ahead. But as we learn in this episode as treatment ends, suppressed emotions can begin to come to the surface. Episode 3: Cathy Bermingham Cathy’s son Max sadly passed away in 2019 at the age of eight, having been diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was two. Cathay has been supported in her grief through connecting with other parents who understand loss and by celebrating the life of her little boy. Through this episode she hopes to now support other parents in their grief. Episode 4: Rebecca Walsh Rebecca is a Play Specialist in [email protected] and works with children and families through the medium of play to help them understand their diagnosis and treatment. Treatment of childhood cancer is more than just physical, children heal, grow, process and develop through the power of play. Episode 5: Dr Sarah Curry Sarah is a paediatric oncologist in [email protected], working with families and the medical team to ensure the best outcomes possible for children.

01 Sep 2021