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How do you talk to a child about cancer and what’s happening to them? How do you help them express their feelings? Nothing about cancer is easy.

How do you talk to a child about cancer and what’s happening to them? How do you explain the medical tests, procedures and equipment? How do you help them express their feelings? Nothing about cancer is easy.

In 2016, illustrator and self-described “cancer dad”, Angus Olsen, started drawing his experiences and emotions when his daughter was diagnosed with cancer at only two years old. The “I draw childhood cancer” Facebook page and website grew out of those first sketches. Now his cartoons and books are now available around the world in 20 different languages.

His latest book, My Scans, even has a version where the characters wear masks, in response to COVID-19.

Angus is one of the authors we feature in our Redkite Book Club. With over 80 titles covering a range of topics for different age groups, the collection is available to anyone who is looking for resources to help them tackle the difficult topic of children’s cancer. From picture books to young adult fiction, every publication is free to borrow, for as long as you like. You can find the catalogue on our website here.

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Advocacy and research
7th Apr

Cartoons give people a taste of a world with cancer and COVID-19

Powerful cartoon series draws parallels between childhood cancer and life in a global pandemic.

Cartoons give people a taste of a world with cancer and COVID-19

Powerful cartoon series draws parallels between childhood cancer and life in a global pandemic.

A mum hugging her daughter on a hospital bed.

Advocacy and research
24th Jun

Childhood cancer & COVID-19 cause peak parental stress

A recent survey of parents and carers of children with cancer receiving support from leading childhood cancer support charity Redkite, found that nearly two thirds (64%) rated their stress as high – seven or more out of 10.

Childhood cancer & COVID-19 cause peak parental stress

A recent survey of parents and carers of children with cancer receiving support from leading childhood cancer support charity Redkite, found that nearly two thirds (64%) rated their stress as high – seven or more out of 10.

Advocacy and research
1st Sep

Dads helping dads cope with their child’s cancer

Oliver Coppins, who experienced his first Father’s Day in a neonatal intensive care ward worrying whether his week-old baby girl would outlive leukaemia, wants other dads know that they don’t have to go through their child’s cancer alone.

Dads helping dads cope with their child’s cancer

Oliver Coppins, who experienced his first Father’s Day in a neonatal intensive care ward worrying whether his week-old baby girl would outlive leukaemia, wants other dads know that they don’t have to go through their child’s cancer alone.

Community
1st Jun

Family facing kidney cancer supports other families with cancer

The family of two-year-old Lincoln are taking on the Crunch 4 Kids challenge to help other families who have a child with cancer.

Family facing kidney cancer supports other families with cancer

The family of two-year-old Lincoln are taking on the Crunch 4 Kids challenge to help other families who have a child with cancer.