Pediatric Cancer is…

Pediatric cancer is being told your brother has 4 months to live. Pediatric cancer is missing out on play dates and sports because you’re always at the hospital. Pediatric cancer is watching your dad, who you thought was invincible, cry. Pediatric cancer is watching your younger brothers struggle with bereavement depression before they are even at an age to understand ‘grief’. Pediatric cancer is when your mother and brother are never home because they’re living out of state or country trying the next best treatment. Pediatric cancer is not recognizing your brother because the cancer has so destroyed his body and spirit. Pediatric cancer is hearing through the wall the doctor say your brother should go home to die with his family. Pediatric cancer is being afraid to go to sleep because of the nightmares, but being even more afraid to wake up because of reality. Pediatric cancer is watching the heart monitor wave go slack and watching your best friend take his last breath. Pediatric cancer is wondering how you can now live a normal life when your last 4 years have been consumed with this battle.

Pediatric cancer is grim but it doesn’t have to be hopeless. With the help of donors, we get closer and closer to a cure. Be the difference.

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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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