Each year, more than 1,000 children and adolescents in Australia are diagnosed with cancer. It’s a devastating statistic, and for the families behind that number, the course of their lives can change forever.   

However, help is at hand thanks to incredible teams and organisations across the country who are dedicated to improving outcomes for children diagnosed with such an aggressive disease.  

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re spotlighting some of our fantastic partners working to make a positive difference through research, treatments, support services and family care. 

As one of Australia's key childhood cancer support organisations, the Childhood Cancer Association provides practical, hands-on support to children with cancer and their families. 

Critical care support services are tailored to meet the needs of each family, from professional counselling, accommodation for country families and educational support to ongoing care through bereavement or survivorship services.

As well as the numerous support services the Childhood Cancer Association provides, they also give the sick child a plush toy, Elliot, the dog. Elliot is the Association’s mascot and a friend that children with cancer can have by their side throughout their challenging journey. Both the children and their siblings, can write letters to Elliot, who in turn responds and provides words of support during an incredibly frightening time.

Jemima was first diagnosed with cancer as a young child. While her journey with cancer continues into her 20s, she is now a junior ambassador for the association, sharing her story and the importance of the organisation’s work. 

“I’m grateful to have this position as a junior ambassador. Having experienced support from the Childhood Cancer Association, I know how much it means to the families and the difference it can make,” she said. 

“I am thankful for any chance I have to give back so I can also help other families.” 

While families can access outstanding medical treatment here in Australia, the vital support services they need aren't provided by either state or federal government. The association relies on donations as they receive no government funding. Without these donations, the association would be unable to continue its essential work. 

We’re proud to have supported Childhood Cancer Association’s crucial work since 2019, and this year we continue that with a $50,000 donation.   

The Lott Partnerships Manager Ally Ramsamy said she’s thrilled to further our commitment to the association. 

“It takes more than just the best medical care to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Critical support services are also needed, and that’s where the Childhood Cancer Association steps in,” she said.  

“This donation will ensure those services continue for the children and families who need it most.” 

Childhood Cancer Chief Executive Cath O’Loughlin said every year we support hundreds of families, and this donation will make a huge difference to those families.

“2022 marks 40 years of support for children with cancer, and their families, by the Childhood Cancer Association.” Ms O’Loughlin says.

“When a child has cancer, it affects the whole family – the parents, the sibings, the grandparents and even extended family members. Each one requiring tailored support to help them cope.

“Given we don’t receive Government funding, our 40 year milestone would not have been possible without the generosity of businesses like The Lott, who help us to provide vital services and support to families in need.

“Thank you to The Lott for continuing to support the work that we do.”

Find out more about Childhood Cancer Association, and how you can support, here: https://childhoodcancer.asn.au/ 

Stay tuned through September as we share more inspiring stories from the people and organisations working to bring new hope to kids with cancer.