September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It breaks my heart that even one child has to suffer through cancer treatments. Families are literally torn apart when their little one is fighting to survive. Many times one parent travels with the child while the other parent is home with the other children holding down the fort until everyone is together again. Just the sad tales on Facebook of what these families go through is enough to make me cry. No one should have to set up Go Fund Me pages or hold benefits to get help paying for the expensive cancer treatments to save their child’s life, let alone have to have the additional worry of who is going to care for the family left behind while they are away taking care of their sick child. Over 250,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and sadly of those 250,000 diagnosed 91,250 will lose their life. Unfortunately, except for those over 65, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group. No ethnic group or socioeconomic class is spared. Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is terribly underfunded. To add insult to injury, two-thirds of the children that survive will have long-lasting chronic effects from the very treatments that killed the cancer they were stricken with. Even if one child dies, it is one too many. Join me in helping these children in any way you can. Give to the American Cancer Society
, St. Jude’s Research Hospital
, or a myriad of other organizations that specialize in childhood cancer research. Let’s give these children a fighting chance for survival. Let’s give them hope for a cure by giving today.