Thursday, September 3, 2009

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

Did you know that September 12th is Childhood Cancer Awareness Day?


As many of you know, I have worked with kids with cancer for the past 6 years. I follow many kids and their battles with cancer online and one of my favorite sites, Not Quite What I Had Planned, started as the journey of Kristie's daughter, Kendrie's battle with leukemia (Kristie's husband also has cancer). Kristie has a post up today about childhood cancer and here are some of the statistics that she posted.

1. In the Citizen's Briefing book presented to President Obama upon his inauguration, childhood cancer was voted by the American people as the #5 Health Care issue. See Page 16

2. Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease for children, killing more than asthma, diabetes, pediatric AIDS, congenital anomoalies, and cystic fibrosis combined.

3. 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every day in the US.

4. Each year, 3000 children die of cancer in the US. 1 in 5 Children with cancer will die.

5. Every year, 35-40,000 children are in treatment for cancer.

6. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Most people have never heard of this.

7. Less than 3% of all cancer research money goes to childhood cancer.

Now guess what? Kristie's daughter, Kendrie, turned 10 yesterday! She is one of the lucky ones who beat childhood cancer.

20% of the kids won't.

Please donate today to help fund research for childhood cancers. Help Cure Childhood Cancer by donating $10 ($1 for each year) in honor of Kendrie (and these other children who are fighting cancer or who have beat cancer):

and in memory of those who have lost their battles:


Natalie said...

Beautiful post! Thanks from cancer moms everywhere!

huginnmuninnandme said...

Wow. . .what a wonderful cause. I'm crying inside for these poor children.

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