Announcement from CanCare4Living 

We are delighted to announce that CanCare4Living is joining together with Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland under the new name Childhood Cancer Ireland.

Together, we will continue to represent the voice of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, survivors and their families as the national parent and survivor-led childhood cancer charity.

CanCare4Living was founded to represent and to advocate for survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers and their families and to ensure that their voice and their lived experience is central to establishing a long-term survivor support service in Ireland.

We are very proud of what the organisation, with and on behalf of survivors, has achieved and we are excited for what lies ahead as we go forward with a stronger and unified voice for everyone affected by childhood cancer.

We would like to take this moment to acknowledge the incredible people who created and nourished CanCare4Living:

  • Garry Owens, Co-Founder and trusted friend.
  • Julianne Byrne, our mentor and inspiration
  • Our wonderful trustees – Sally-Ann O’Neill and Michael McKenna, Parent Representatives; Deirdre Murphy, Irish Cancer Society and Evelyn Griffith, CanTeen Ireland
  • Rebecca Lawler for her constant support and guidance.
  • Special thanks to Daniel Owens and Aoife Moggan – amazing survivors who have guided us along every step of the way.

Thank you to all the survivors and families who have followed us on social media and have helped us create awareness of childhood & young people’s cancer and the challenges of survivorship.

Patricia McColgan

Co-Founder CanCare4Living

Voluntary Director, Childhood Cancer Ireland

Our website will remain live for a few months but in the meantime, please visit

Likewise, our social media pages will be close in the coming weeks.

Please follow Childhood Cancer Ireland on:
Facebook: @childhoodcancerire
Instagram: @childhoodcancerire
Twitter: @ChildhoodCanIre

We would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual CAYAS conference, – it’s taking place online on Saturday 24th September, 2022. For more information please visit #morethancure #nothingaboutuswithoutus

We are proud to be co-hosts of this conference in partnership with Childhood Cancer Foundation Ireland and CanTeen Ireland and greatly appreciate the support of the NCCP, the Irish Cancer Society and CHI at Crumlin.

CanCare4Living – an Introduction

In the Republic of Ireland, over 300 children, adolescents & young adults (CAYA) are diagnosed with cancer each year –  they receive treatment with comprehensive medical support across a wide range of disciplines.

Irish cure rates for CAYA cancers reach and exceed 80%, comparable to best European experience. Treatments include radiation, chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. While essential, and increasingly effective, these treatments can lead to late effects which require long term follow up.

Some Survivors experience medical, cognitive and psychosocial problems and require ongoing access to multi-disciplinary medical and counselling services.

All deserve lifelong support to monitor and protect their health and well-being and to ensure they enjoy the best possible quality of life.

CanCare4Living was set up to support and represent survivors and their families and to ensure their voice is heard voice  “Nothing About Us Without Us”.

We believe all survivors should have access to comprehensive & structured long term support to identify any potential issues as soon as possible and to ensure they enjoy the best possible quality of life. They’ve earned it.

We’d invite you to sign up on our ‘contact us’ page and we’ll keep you updated our activities,

Yours in hope

Patricia and Garry