WNT raise awareness for Childhood Cancer support
The Gavin Glynn Foundation was set up by John & Jayne Glynn after their son, Gavin, passed away aged just four-and-a-half years old, on October 21st 2014. They set about helping other families affected by Childhood Cancer by raising money to cover expenses for travel abroad for treatment.
The Foundation arrange all logistics and cover all costs associated with…
- Transportation (e.g. Flights, Car Hire)
Transportation to and from the designated Airports
- Accommodation within, or close to, the designated medical centre
- Food and living expenses for the duration of the child’s treatment while abroad
Last month, the Ireland WNT squad supported awareness for Breast Cancer and now they want to use their profile to turn the focus towards Childhood Cancer.
Vera Pauw’s squad are currently in camp preparing for the December 1st showdown with Germany in Tallaght, which will complete their games in Group I of the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championship and a spot in the Play-Offs is at stake.
On behalf of the Ireland WNT squad, captain Katie McCabe said: “We are very aware that we have the potential to be seen as role models, especially to younger children, so it’s very important to all of the players & staff that we show support to raising awareness on Childhood Cancer.
“It is devastating to see the statistics of how many families are affected by Childhood Cancer, but the work that the Gavin Glynn Foundation do is truly outstanding. If we can help encourage more people to donate whatever they can to the Foundation then families affected by this terrible disease can benefit in a small way.”
About Childhood Cancer
In Ireland, every week, four families are told ‘Your Child has Cancer.’ Each year in Ireland approximately 220 children are newly diagnosed with cancer in Ireland.
Whilst cancer in young people is rare, it is still a major health issue in Ireland and worldwide. Despite improving survival rates, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease beyond one year of age in the EU.
Cancers in children differ from cancers in adults. The most frequent childhood cancers are leukaemia’s, tumours of the central nervous system (CNS), brain tumours and neuroblastomas.
Childhood cancer generally cannot be prevented or screened. Unfortunately, this means that most children are diagnosed after the disease has spread, making the disease more difficult to treat and requiring more intensive and therefore more toxic treatments.
Improving outcomes for children with cancer requires early and accurate diagnosis, followed by effective treatment.
Please visit the below page for Signs and Symptoms.
About The Gavin Glynn Foundation
The Gavin Glynn Foundation was set up by John & Jayne Glynn - parents of Gavin Glynn who passed away aged just 4 and a half years old, on October 21st 2014.
During Gavin’s battle with cancer the Glynn family travelled to a number of different countries for specialist cancer treatment for their youngest son. Through this experience, they learnt exactly what is involved in organising transport, accommodating and most importantly - seeking out the best specialist care available for their son’s cancer. Through experience, they understand the strain that this logistical organisation puts on families who are already dealing with huge anxiety and sadness.
The Gavin Glynn Foundation believes that all children with cancer deserve the best care, wherever in the world that might be. The mission of the Foundation is to assist families with all the logistics and financial aspects of travelling overseas for specialist cancer treatment.
Supporting the parents in accessing and organising that care is what the Foundation does. Keeping the whole family together, during travel for a child’s cancer treatment, is essential for the wellbeing of the patient, as well as the parents and siblings. This is why The Foundation covers the travel and accomodation costs for the whole family.
By taking the financial burden and stress away from the families, it allows parents focus all their time on their child and family.
The Gavin Glynn Foundation arrange all logistics and cover all costs associated with…
Transportation (eg. Flights, Car Hire)
Transportation to and from the designated Airports
Accommodation within, or close to, the designated medical centre
Food and living expenses for the duration of the child’s treatment while abroad
The Foundation also funds independent second opinions so that patients can be matched with appropriately focused physicians and scientists worldwide and next generation molecular testing which uses genetic information to determine the right treatment, for the right patient, at the right time.
To date, with the support of the Foundation’s amazing supporters, The Gavin Glynn Foundation has been able to help 135 families from all over Ireland. Currently, there are 3 families from Ireland in Germany for Proton Therapy, 2 families in the UK, and 3 more families who have made contact this week that will need to travel overseas in December.
The Gavin Glynn Foundation currently relies solely on donations and fundraisers to help any family that may need support in Ireland.
Please visit the website to read about some of the families the Foundation have / are helping.
(Gold Ribbon) - A cure starts with awareness
Gold is a precious metal. Children are our most precious treasure. The colour gold symbolizes how precious children are and it also represents resilience of childhood cancer heroes as gold goes through a process by fire, to become stronger and tougher. Kids with childhood cancer similarly undergo such an experience.
Wear the badge to acknowledge those heroes, our heroes.