CHECT (Childhood Eye Cancer Trust) supports children, individuals and families affected by retinoblastoma (Rb). In the UK, every week a baby or young child will be diagnosed with Rb. It is very treatable and 98% of children will survive but most will need an eye removing to save their life. Some may lose both eyes and in rare circumstances a child may lose their life. Retinoblastoma is often unheard of by parents and in many cases overlooked by health professionals.
Renowned artists from around the globe have been donating works for an online auction to help children with eye cancer. The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is now urging art lovers to bid on a range of artworks in the Art4Eyes auction, which closes on Thursday 11 December 2014. The auction, at paddle8.com/auction/chect, has attracted dozens of contributions and there really is something for all tastes.
Contributions have included three highly collectable cartoon artworks from former Beano illustrator Daniel Pincham-Phipps, a bronze sculpture by Billy Childish and a limited edition print from the acclaimed Star Wars collection by JJ Adams. Take a look at all of the auction lots here – if something takes your fancy then you know you are helping a great cause.
The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) has been established for more than 25 years in the UK. The signs of Rb include: the appearance of a whitish reflection, similar to a “cat’s eye” caught in the light, usually seen in dim lighting or in a photo (note: there can be other reasons why this reflex occurs but it is ALWAYS best to get it checked out). A squint is sometimes present; the eye can look sore or swollen; there can be a change in the colour of the iris, a deterioration in vision or the absence of red eye in a photograph in one pupil.
For more information about CHECT, signs and symptoms and how you can support the charity, visit www.chect.org.uk
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