ARTWORK SHOWCASES CHILDREN’S CANCER JOURNEYS

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University of Leicester-based charity stages public exhibition of art, photography and poetry for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 30 August 2017

  • PHOTOCALL: Exhibition’s preview evening will be taking place on Thursday 31st August from 17:30 – 19:30 at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. Those who submitted a piece of work have been invited to attend

A children’s cancer charity based at the University of Leicester is staging a public exhibition of artworks by those affected by the disease.

Childhood cancer patients from across the country have submitted a piece of art, photography or poetry to reflect their cancer journeys as part of an exhibition at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, to recognise the importance of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, this September.

The project has been organised by Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), a leading children’s cancer charity, based at the University of Leicester’s Clinical Sciences Building, as a way of encouraging anyone who has had a connection with childhood cancer to share their story in a creative and reflective way and to emphasise the importance of funding further research.

CCLG is a leading children’s cancer charity and the UK and Ireland’s professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer, with over 700 professional members. It brings together childhood cancer professionals - including from the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals- to ensure all children receive the best possible treatment and care.

CCLG Executive Director, Ashley Gamble, says: “A childhood cancer diagnosis is devastating for families, bringing uncertainty, months or even years of treatment, and massive upheaval in family life.”

“While the advancements in childhood cancer treatment over the last 40 years mean that four in five children now survive their disease, some cancers still have a poor prognosis, and treatments mean survivors may face life long complications and disabilities. Further research is therefore vital, and raising awareness and funds is a key part of our work.”

“This September, to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, our art exhibition provides an opportunity to raise awareness of cancer in children, as well as highlight the impact of a cancer diagnosis by sharing personal stories through art and poetry.”

CCLG Volunteer Ambassador Rachel Edwards has been in remission for over 23 years, after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was four months old. “When the idea to compose something about childhood cancer was proposed to me, I knew I couldn’t waste my chance to submit something with raw and honest emotion in it” says Rachel.

She continues: “My poem focuses on both the positives and negatives of childhood cancer and its lifelong physical and emotional effects”.

The exhibition’s preview evening will be taking place on Thursday 31st August from 17:30 – 19:30 where those who submitted a piece of work have been invited to attend, with family members and friends, to help support the work of CCLG.

The exhibition will be open to members of the public from Friday 1st September throughout Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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For further media information, please contact Ashley Gamble, Executive Director, Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. Email ag369@le.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

About Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and childhood cancer:

  • Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group is a leading children’s cancer charity and the UK and Ireland’s professional association for those involved in the treatment and care of children with cancer, with over 700 professional members. We bring together childhood cancer professionals to ensure all children receive the best possible treatment and care.
  • Each week in the UK and Ireland, more than 30 children are diagnosed with cancer. Two out of ten children will not survive their disease.
  • Over the last 40 years, CCLG has played a key role in the major improvements in survival rates and the standards of care for children.
  • There are still some childhood cancers with a poor outlook, and many treatments can have long-lasting side effects. Further research is therefore vital, and the ultimate aim of CCLG is to cure as many children as possible while reducing the short and long term side effects of treatment.
  • We fund and support research into childhood cancers
  • We help young patients and their families with our expert, high quality and award-winning information resources.
  • CCLG receives no permanent funding and is reliant on our valued supporters.

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