CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

THE FACTS!

More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease; in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined. Before the age of 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer.


Childhood cancer occurs in all ethnic groups, socioeconomic class and geographic regions.


In 80% of kids, cancer has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is diagnosed. Many of the causes and risk factors of childhood cancer are not known; and unlike adults, childhood cancers aren’t linked to risk factors like poor diet or tobacco exposure.


Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.


There are over a dozen types of childhood cancers, and countless subtypes, making it more difficult for researchers to find cures for every child.


Making the challenge even greater for researchers is that less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year. This is where you come in!




HERE ARE THREE WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Why YOU should help MAKE a DIFFERENCE

Three easy ways to help make a difference were just shared. Collecting pop tabs from sodas and soups, taking a walk, even wearing your PJs to school are easy things to do that could make a big difference for a family by helping raise much needed funds or showing support for what they are going through. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. With their Thanks and Giving campaign each November and December when shopping at various merchants, including Dick's Sporting Goods and Pottery Barn, will allow you to support the work they are doing.


Each day 46 families will be told that their child has cancer. On average 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child diagnosed with cancer. The average high school will have 2 students who are current or former cancer patients.


Why should you help make a difference? Each of you knows a childhood cancer warrior. You do, even if you don't realize it. Why? Because it's me.

Katie Schools - Childhood Cancer Warrior