Stop the Childhood Cancer Clock - Andrew Whelan Photoshoot

  • Olivia-Mae, aged 4, would like to be a nurse – she’s pictured here with Andrew Whelan
  • Efia, aged 3, dreams of becoming an artist when she grows up
  • Max, aged 1, dreams of becoming a zoo keeper when he grows up
  • George, aged 13, dreams of becoming a doctor when he grows up
  • Asha, aged 5, would like to be a scientist when she grows up

In low and middle income countries, a child dies of cancer every three minutes – this is a hidden catastrophe that we can address through practical, effective and sustainable solutions.

Children with cancer in low and middle income countries want to go to school, to play sports. Some of them may want to be famous singers, teachers, plumbers, some of them just want to be older. Children in the high income world also have dreams and aspirations of what they want to be when they grow up.

As part of our Stop the Childhood Cancer Clock appeal, World Child Cancer has developed a series of photograph’s showcasing children dreaming of what they want to be when they’re older. Shot by Photographer Andrew Whelan, whose images of his daughter Jessica suffering from childhood cancer shook the world last year, the photo collection aims to highlight that every child deserves the opportunity of a future.

You can help Stop the Childhood Cancer Clock. As little as £5 could buy torches for healthcare workers in Ghana to screen children for eye cancer, helping to diagnose the cancer early enough to enable effective treatment. Every donation you make between now and December 18th will be doubled by the UK Government, meaning your support is twice as valuable. You can give the gift of growing up by donating today.

You can get involved by texting ‘GROW35 £3’ to 70070 and sharing an image of yourself as a child on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Remember to use a caption of what you wanted to be when you grew up, include the hashtag #giftofgrowingup and tag five friends asking them to do the same.