December is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent have issued a report called Counting the Cost of Cancer, and it makes depressing reading.
The charity surveyed 335 young people with cancer and parents or carers of children with cancer. The report highlights that the young person and parents spend on average £277 and £367 respectively on cancer related expenses every month. With treatment for childhood cancers taking 3 years to complete this is a vast amount of extra money the families have to find. And bear in mind that parents and carers either have to give up work completely or take many days off on unpaid leave to attend hospital stays and appointments.
Everyone is feeling the pinch at the moment but your heart goes out to these people, they are dealing with something every parent dreads coupled with worrying about where the money is going to come from to pay the bills. Charities like CLIC Sargent helps these families by giving emotional, practical and clinician support, as well as financial support, so if you have any spare pennies please think of donating to charity.
At Insurancewith we are keen supporters of charities, Fiona, who created Insurancewith knows firsthand the invaluable help and support charities provide when you are diagnosed with cancer, which is why for every medical conditions travel insurance policy that is sold we donate £1 to charity. We support cancer charity Fighting All Cancer Together (FACT) through the sale of our cancer and breast cancer travel insurance policies.
Fiona said, “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I had a 5 month old baby, I didn’t know how I was going to cope with treatment and looking after him, thankfully through a local cancer charity I received the support and practical advice I needed. This is why when creating Insurancewith I wanted to put something back by donating £1 to charity from every pre existing medical condition travel insurance policy sold”.