September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Do you know what that means?? It’s time to take action in the fight against pediatric cancer! This month, I want to share some important statistics and resources about childhood cancer and how to become an advocate for all of the kids who have, are, and will fight. It doesn’t take much but a heart for kids to make a difference!
First, here are some major childhood cancer statistics. You can raise awareness simply by sharing these facts!
-Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in kids
–46 children each school day are diagnosed with cancer
–7 children die each day from cancer
–40,000 children are presently being treated for cancer in the United States
–2/3 of childhood cancer survivors will suffer some type of long term effect resulting from treatment
–1 out of 5 children diagnosed with cancer dies and in some types of cancer, 1 out of 5 lives
–When diagnosed with cancer, 80% of children are diagnosed in advanced stages, compared to just 20% of adults
–12,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States
–1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday
Now that you’re hopefully a little more informed, I want to provide you with ways that you can help support childhood cancer! There are TONS of organizations to donate to. Whether through donating money or items to help a family of a child with cancer, you can make a huge difference! If you want to donate to find a cure, some of the best places to donate to research is through the following organizations and foundations:
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand
- St. Baldrick’s Foundation
- Be Positive (B+) Foundation
- Rally Foundation
If your heart lies with the families affected by childhood cancer, you can donate to one of the following organizations to see that they receive assistance:
By donating what you can, educating yourself, and educating others about childhood cancer, we can truly create a better future for those who have been and will be affected by this disease. It takes everyone doing a small part to reach a massive goal! But with generous hearts and a love for kids, anything is possible! Take part in some way…large or small…to honor Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Join me in making sure the whole world knows what a gold ribbon means!
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.