About this cause
Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is dedicated to helping people affected by retinoblastoma (Rb), a rare and fast-growing eye cancer that occurs in babies and young children. We provide support and information to families and individuals; fund research into the prevention and treatment of Rb; raise awareness among health professionals and the public; and influence policy to improve services for patients. Our two specially trained support workers, based at the only two UK hospitals to diagnose and treat Rb, guarantee the offer of support to every affected family. The lifelong impact of treatment and the increased risk of second cancers mean our continued support is essential as needs change through childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
How this cause brings people in the community together
Without our input these families wouldn’t know each other and wouldn’t have the opportunity to form a network of support. The weekend will enable everyone to have fun in a relaxed and supportive environment where no-one feels alone, isolated or different, as everyone present understands the challenges connected with retinoblastoma and living with the subsequent visual impairment.