Raising awareness of rare childhood cancer and funding research
Because early diagnosis can save lives
Funding Research & Supporting Families
Our charity aims to make a difference in its own small way.
Fighting Rare Childhood Cancer
Only £3 in every £100 spent on cancer research goes to childhood cancers. Treatment options, cure rates and research for paediatric chordoma fall well beneath other childhood cancers.
We feel passionately about funding specific projects to help progress chordoma research and improve the chances of survival for other children and their families.
As chordoma is so rare it is important to identify all children with chordoma in the UK so that we can learn more about this disease. We hope this will represent the first step towards the initiation of clinical trials of promising new drugs for paediatric chordoma.
With your help we have raised and donated to The Chordoma Foundation & The Cancer Institute UCL
RARE CHILDHOOD CANCER
Know the Signs
Childhood cancer is more common than we may think and the symptoms can often be similar to other childhood illnesses. However, unlike other childhood illnesses the symptoms of cancer do not go away. Instead they become worse.
If your child shows any of the signs on this list, it does not mean they have cancer. Instead they probably have a normal childhood illness. However, it is important to be aware and visit your doctor if you have any concerns.
SUPPORT & INFORMATION
In the initial stages of diagnosis everything is alien to you. The language, the medication, the treatment, not to mention the fact that you may very well have to spend long stretches of time away from home.
Trying to come to terms with your situation can leave you feeling very isolated. It is important that you reach out and find support to help you through this most difficult of times.
We offer a grant system for newly diagnosed children with chordoma in the UK, to help parents through the shockwave of diagnosis. This grant offers some financial support to assist with the day to day living costs of being in hospital.
Bursting with love and adventure
Drew’s Gift – a children’s story book
Drew had a love of literature from a very early age. He adored reading stories of great adventures and magical journeys. He was fascinated with pirates and a firm believer in fairies. In his memory, we wanted to develop a story of his very own. Something that other children could share in.
Drew, Moo and Bunny, Too is provided as Drew’s Gift. A present for the bedside of newly diagnosed children in the UK.
You can also help raise funds for our charity by purchasing a copy of Drew, Moo and Bunny, Too from Amazon or your local bookshop.
Help Us Raise Funds
There are various ways you can support our charity, to help us fund research and support families affected by this rare childhood cancer.
Attend an Event
The Drew Barker-Wright Charity organises regular events to help raise funds for chordoma research and to help children and families affected by this rare childhood cancer.