Our aim is to provide mutual support between parents and carers of children with cancer in a safe and secure environment.
In addition to our core aim, we want to achieve the following:
Mychildhascancer came into being because of the East Midlands Cancer Network, and the support the EMCN gave to the parent's voice. One aspect of the work that involved the parent representative on the Children and Young Person's Integrated Cancer service was an attempt to identify exactly what issues mattered most to families when their child was being treated for cancer. The report can be found here:
This research was done by a parent of a child with cancer and an external consultant working together. They discovered a real need for parents and carers of children with cancer to have somewhere they could go to, where people would understand both how they feel and what they need, when receiving the heartbreaking news that their child has cancer.
The report highlighted that whilst families found their own support structure, almost without exception there was a need for support from the first day of diagnosis through until after the treatment was over. Created by a parent of a child with cancer, supported by parents of children with cancer, solely for parents and carers of children with cancer – this is mychildhascancer.co.uk