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Wilms Tumour - Bethany's Wish


Wilms tumour was named after Dr Max Wilms, who first described it. It's a type of kidney cancer. It's thought to come from very specialised cells in the embryo known as metanephric blastema. These cells are involved in the development of the child's kidneys while they're in the womb. These cells usually disappear at birth, but in many children with Wilms" tumour, cells called nephrogenic rests can still be found. Wilms tumour affects around 70 children a year below the age of 5.

Bethany was 8 years old when she lost her fight to wilms tumour, on the 12th October 2012, after a four year battle to beat the odds.

Bethany's Wish was set up to raise awareness of wilms, support others families still fighting and the need to find a cure to this awful disease.

Bethany's Wish Aims to:

Raise public awareness of Wilms tumour and help fund clinical research into the biology of wilms and new treatments for children like Bethany, who relapse following conventional chemotherapy regimes.

We aim to support families in the Coventry and Warwickshire area who have a child with cancer by setting up a monthly support group and bereavement support services specifically for child loss.

Each child, initially in the Coventry and Warwickshire area, who has been newly diagnosed with cancer will receive a special 'B's Bravery Bear" complete with special surprises, vital for treatments and hospital stays.

We will also offer holiday accommodation for families with a child fighting Wilms, in a number of locations both in the UK and abroad. Holidays were one of Bethany's most favourite things in the world, so we hope we can make another family smile too.

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