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In Australia, more than 1,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year and usually there is no known cause.

A childhood cancer diagnosis is devastating news for everyone and the lives of an entire family are turned upside down and put under enormous pressure. These families need support to help them cope.

Helping families just like yours

Learn more about the work we do through this series of short videos about the way childhood cancer can impact a family and how the Childhood Cancer Association helps those families cope.

Izzy and Evan shared their personal experiences of childhood cancer with Childhood Cancer Ambassador, Jodie Oddy. Their stories are just two of the 400 families we support every year.

Luke's son Ethan was five years old when he was diagnosed with Bilateral Wilms tumours on both his kidneys and when their family moved to Adelaide, they sought out the support of the Childhood Cancer Association to help their whole family cope with his diagnosis.

Jemima was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006 when she was only five years old. The Childhood Cancer Association supported her family from the moment she came out of emergency surgery and during her four rounds of chemotherapy.

Chris' son Thomas was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just 6 months of age. The support his family received from the Childhood Cancer Association helped them cope with this diagnosis and subsequent a relapse.

Watch Thomas’s Story

Watch this 5 minute film where Chris Hartley talks through his family’s journey after his son’s diagnosis of a brain tumour and the support he received from the Childhood Cancer Association.

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