September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us as we #GoGold for childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer.

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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Because our children are more precious than Gold

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

Latest News

Lions Clubs of Ireland #GoGold

Lions Clubs of Ireland #GoGold

This year, Childhood Cancer Ireland and Lions Clubs of Ireland will ‘Light It Up Gold’ to raise awareness of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer. In 2023, Lions Clubs in Ireland complemented their fifteen existing District projects with a new...

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Access to play therapy pilot programme

Access to play therapy pilot programme

We know that a diagnosis of childhood or adolescent cancer has a huge impact on the entire family. We also know that the emotional effects can last long after treatment has ended. We are pleased to launch a new pilot programme to offer families an...

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A helping hand is most appreciated

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

We are delighted to bring back our Light it up Gold Walk this year on the 10th anniversary of our first walk in Dublin in 2013. Our Light It Up Gold Walk will take place in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, bringing families and the community together in solidarity and to shine a light on living with and beyond childhood cancer. We also warmly remember all of those who have sadly passed away.   Setting out from St. Mary’s Boys National School, our short walk will take place in the beautiful grounds of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth. Refreshments and children's entertainment will be provided.  More details to follow soon but for now - Save the Date! Saturday 23rd September, from 5pm.    

23 Sep 2023

Join us for another virtual coffee morning, a chance to meet other parents, chat, ask questions and share tips.
☕️ Wednesday 13th September, 10.30am
This is open to all parents, whether you're in treatment or post treatment. Join us if you'd like to meet other parents, talk or just listen.

13 Sep 2023

Save the Date!
For our third annual CAYAS (childhood, adolescent, young adult cancers and survivors) conference.
The conference is open to parents, survivors and anyone supporting families affected by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer, as well as those working in the field. 
📆 16th September in Croke Park
More information and registration coming soon.

16 Sep 2023

Will you scale the dizzying heights of Croke Park this year for Childhood Cancer Ireland? On 2nd September 2023, our team will abseil from Croke Park Stadium, the third highest stadium in Europe, to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Ireland. Every day, our #GoldRibbonHeroes face their own challenges with unimaginable bravery. Now, you can take on your own challenge to show your support for all of the children, adolescents and young adults facing their own battles this year, and in honour of all of the children and young people taken far too soon by childhood cancer. Why not bring your friends and family along to cheer you on!

Further information (important - please read)
  • The minimum fundraising target for this event is €350
  • You must be over the age of 18 to take part.
  • If you are over the age of 65, you must seek the advice of your GP before taking part.
  • Fitness is not very important but agility/mobility is very important as reaching the start of the abseil requires the descending of 3 short ladders and climbing over a barrier. If you have mobility issues, please let us know. If you have had recent surgery, are or could be pregnant or you have back pain or other medical/mobility issues, you must seek your GP’s advice before partaking in this event.
  • The weight limit is 120kg.
Register and start fundraising
You can register now and you will be prompted to start your own fundraising page to help you reach your target.

02 Sep 2023