Chavez Elementary Making Big Change!

Children don’t mess around. When they get behind a cause and want to make a difference, they do with full force. Students at Cesar Chavez Elementary in Little Elm put passion in full gear to raise funds for the Coins For Kids with Cancer program benefitting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Chavez Elementary started their coin drive at the beginning of February after Joy Cruse spoke at a school assembly. That day they heard the story of Connor Cruse’s fight with childhood cancer. They learned that kids don’t “catch” cancer and that one in 330 kids get the disease each year. Connor’s struggle touched their hearts and motivated the kids to get involved.

The entire school raised money for the cause. The two fifth grade classes held a competition, with a prize of a popsicle party to the class that raised the most funds.

One student, Abigail, raised $500 on her own. Knowing this would put her fifth grade class in the lead, she bought popsicles for both fifth grade classes so that all of the kids would feel good about their hard work on the coin drive.

Overall, the awesome students at Chavez Elementary raised $2,000 for Coins For Kids with Cancer. They were empowered to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. These future leaders are stars in the eyes of everyone at TeamConnor!

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Building awareness of childhood cancer is critical to funding and finding a cure. To help, please consider sharing on your Facebook.

Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.  Seven will lose their battle.

Did you know September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Every day in America, approximately 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class, or geographic region.

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, accounting for about 3% of childhood cancers.

On average, 1 in every 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer.

About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias.

Childhood cancer survival rates in the United States have increased from less than 20% in the 1960s to almost 80% today.

Cancer kills more children each year than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Pediatric AIDS combined.

Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather a spectrum of different malignancies. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults.

1 in 300 children will develop cancer before age 20.

Neuroblastoma is the most common extra cranial solid tumor cancer in children.

Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet, some forms of childhood cancers have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive.

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