Half of all cases affect children under the age of 5 years and, after accidents, cancer is the biggest killer of children in the country. The good news is that almost 70% of these children will survive the ordeal and go on to lead normal lives.
It is a debilitating and painful illness with repercussions for not only for the child, but the whole family. Parents often question their own ability and fear their child is suffering as a result of something they have done, or failed to do - something that is strictly not true. They have to stand by and watch their loved ones experiencing all manner of tests and treatments, hoping for the best and wishing they could take their child's place.
Unless you have experienced it, how can you begin to imagine the feelings of a parent whose child has been afflicted by this disease?
And what about the child?
How do you explain the pain they suffer or the treatment they have to have?
How do you explain to them why they are suffering?
How do you make it better?
We don't know the answers to most of these questions. What we try to do here at Fatboys Charity is bring a little bit of sunshine into the lives of children suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses. We do this by raising money to buy them gifts they would not normally receive and more information can be found in the Aims section of this website.
In order to do this we conduct fund raising events and rely heavily on the generosity and support of a number of individuals and companies. If you would like to get involved in helping us spread a little joy, visit the Helping Us section of this website.