Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Nearly 13,000 kids under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year and, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), nearly 25 percent of kids diagnosed per year will not survive the disease. This is why September is dedicated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Even though President Obama’s proclamation this year revealed that ongoing research and treatment has led to outstanding progress (the five-year survival rate for all childhood cancers has increased from less than 50 percent to 80 percent over the past several decade), there is still much work to be done.
Below are ways to learn more about the disease and to engage with affected communities:
- Find a CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer in your state.
- Connect with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
- Purchase a Gold Ribbon.
- Support 46 Mommas, a group of mothers who shave their heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
- ‘Like’ Childhood Cancer Awareness and CURE Childhood Cancer on Facebook.
More information about childhood cancer can be found on Parents.com:
- Remembering a Pediatric Cancer Patient
- “Doctor, What Would You Do If It Were Your Child?”
- Giving Kids Cameras to Cope with Cancer
- How to Make Life Normal for a Child with Cancer
- 10 Best Children’s Hospitals
Image: Awareness Ribbon – Bone, via Shutterstock
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