As newly appointed patrons for Kidscan Children's Cancer Research, a charity that invests in childhood cancer research across the UK, we are committed to helping raise awareness of the debilitating life-long effects of harsh cancer treatments on children's growing bodies.
Kidscan exists because, on average, in the UK, 20% of children diagnosed with cancer will not survive because of a lack of treatments for children. Although this sounds high, there are many childhood cancers, including Medulloblastoma, where the survival rate is much lower, especially if the cancer has relapsed or spread. Currently, the survival rate for relapsed Medulloblastoma is just 18%.
Last year, one of Kidscan's ambassadors Matty Hatton, gained his angel wings after his second medulloblastoma relapse. He was just 17 years old and had battled cancer on and off for five years, receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy even through Lockdown.
To keep his spirits up, his Aunty set up a Facebook page called 'Letters from the Lockdown', which asked people to write to Matty. Matty received over 800 letters, postcards, and videos from celebrities such as Ant and Dec, Astronaut Tim Peake and the BBC News Team, who all posted well-wishes to the page.
Before he passed, Matty left a list for his mum to be completed after he died. One of his requests was to close his bank account and make a donation to Kidscan so that they could find new treatments for other children like Matty. In April 2022, Kidscan received a donation of £500.
In solidarity with Matty, Give Opinions have donated £500 to Kidscan in memory of this inspirational Ambassador who may be gone but will never be forgotten through his final selfless act.
Now... we ask you to join us by making a donation, (£500 or whatever you can give) as part of Kidscan's "Match Matty" campaign. You can do this through fundraising or a corporate donation.
Will you help Give Opinions to stand with Matty and match his gift to Kidscan?
To find out more about the Match Matty campaign, please visit: https://kidscan.org.uk/matchmatt, or to find out more about the Letters During Lockdown campaign, please visit: Brain tumour patient Matty gives thanks for 800 letters - BBC News
If you decide to join us and donate to Match Matty, please let us know so we can share your good deed and help keep this inspirational Ambassador's memory alive.
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