About CHILDREN with CANCER UK
Paul and Jean O'Gorman, Royal Free Hospital, New Year's Day 1987
CHILDREN with CANCER UK (formerly CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA) is one of the UK's leading funders of research into childhood cancer.
In November 1986, Paul O'Gorman was diagnosed with leukaemia. He died just nine weeks later. He was fourteen years old.
Less than a year after losing their son, Eddie and Marion O'Gorman lost their daughter Jean, also to cancer.
Within a few weeks of Paul's death, the O'Gorman family was running a campaign to raise funds for research into childhood leukaemia. Jean was instrumental in organising the first fundraising event - a ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. She was gravely ill when she attended the ball and died just days later.
What began as the Paul O'Gorman Foundation for Children with Leukaemia later became known as CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA and has today evolved into CHILDREN with CANCER UK, a major force in paediatric oncology.
Our first task as a new charity back in 1988 was to raise £2 million to establish a new leukaemia research centre at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.
It took seven years for us to meet this target - the Paul O'Gorman Childhood Leukaemia Research Centre at Great Ormond Street opened in 1995.
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many thousands of supporters around the UK, we have now raised more than £130 million.
The Paul O'Gorman Centre at Great Ormond Street, together with other centres named after Paul in London, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle, are all at the forefront of advances in research into childhood cancer.
We fund research into the aetiology and treatment of childhood cancer and we also fund welfare projects to help ease the burden on families who are enduring the upheaval caused by childhood cancer.
Childhood Cancer 2012 is our third international scientific conference, following our successful conferences in 2004 and 2008.
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