The Laura Crane Trust provides recreational activities and equipment to brighten the lives of many young people during their frequent stays in hospital whilst undergoing treatment, as well as funding research into cancers affecting 13-24 year olds.
There are only 28 hospitals in the UK which treat adolescent cancer patients, many of these young people have to be hospitalised a long way from home, from school and friends and all that is comfortable and familiar. Being a teenager is often a trial in itself, without having to cope with a possibly terminal illness and its harsh treatment, whilst being old enough to understand the possible consequences.
The support we receive will definitely make a big difference to Laura’s Trust as we embark on an innovative project in support of young cancer patients throughout the UK. The development of “Chat world” will help ease the feelings of isolation and loneliness often felt by young patients when receiving their treatments for cancer often far from their home, family and friends. Young cancer sufferers will be able to communicate with each other via a secure website and interact with each other through games and a virtual world.