Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Children Can’t Fight Cancer Alone

For those of you who know me, you are well aware that September is a very special month for our family.

Justin and Michael after making their first batch of Goat Milk Soap
As I walk through the stores, look at a magazine, and surf the internet, pink ribbons are everywhere raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Relay for Life promotes cancer awareness through advertisements and grand fundraising events. With all of the pink flooding the marketplace, it makes me wonder if anyone really knows that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month? I wonder if anyone knows that a “Gold Ribbon” symbolizes children fighting cancer? I wonder if people really understand the magnitude of this disease and that very little money from some of the larger organizations is given to childhood cancer research?

I am not here to say that one cancer is more important than the other, but I feel that the public needs to be more aware of the facts for Childhood Cancer. Someone needs to be a voice for our children. Will you stand up for them?
FACT: Over 12,400 children in the US are diagnosed with cancer each year.  That's a classroom full of children every single day, year after year
FACT: 11 children die every single day, every single year of childhood cancer. That is about 4,000 children every single year, year after year.
FACT: Treatment is often lengthy, and always time-consuming. Some diagnoses are treated outpatient for over three years; others require lengthy inpatient stays.
FACT: Cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of children under the age of 14 years, next to accidents.
FACT: Childhood cancer is very different from adult cancer, which is why pediatric oncology is its own field.
FACT: Cancers in very young children are highly aggressive and behave unlike malignant disease seen at other times of life.
FACT: Children frequently have a more advanced stage of cancer when they are first diagnosed. 80% of children show that cancer has spread to distant sites in the body when the disease is first diagnosed.
encourage you to visit this article,Kids Get Cancer, Too… Right? This mom expresses some of my feelings so well. I hope you will take 5 minutes to read this article.
Disclaimer: I do not endorse or support the views on “The Journey”. The above referenced article is for information purposes only and all sources should be checked out by you, the reader and not hold myself or Not Just Paper and Glue liable.

Come back tomorrow to find out how “YOU” can help children fight Childhood Cancer.

Visit CureSearch, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Candlelighters,and others to find more facts about Childhood Cancer.
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