Did you know?
- Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.
- On the average 12,500 children and teens will be diagnosed with some form of cancer each year in this country.
- One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.
- Although the 5 year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
- Cancer remains the #1 disease killer of America's children – more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined.
- In the U.S. almost 3,000 children do not survive cancer each year.
- Over the past two decades, only ONE new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use.
- Currently there are between 30-40,000 children undergoing cancer treatment in the U.S.
- As a nation, we spend over $14 BILLION per year on the space program, but only $35 MILLION on Childhood Cancer Research each year.
- There are 15 children diagnosed with cancer for every one child diagnosed with pediatric AIDS. Yet, the U.S. invests approximately $595,000 for research per victim of pediatric AIDS and only $20,000 for each victim of childhood cancer.
- Research funds are scarce as most money is diverted to well-publicized adult forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate.
- Right now, this second, somewhere in America, there are 7 children fighting for their lives who won't live through the day.
So what can you do?
- Wear GOLD for our kids!! When people ask who you're wearing gold for, TELL them!! It's for the thousands of children who have and are fighting childhood cancer EVERY day!
- Go eat at Chili's on September 28th! They will be donating 100% of their profits to St. Jude's, a leader in Childhood Cancer Research.
- Register at marrow.org and become a bone marrow donor! It's quick and painless and you could save someone's life!!
- Donate blood as often as possible! Kids on chemo receive countless transfusions and blood is always in high demand!
- Take a meal to your local Ronald McDonald House or children's hospital to give to a family there, it will be SO appreciated! Stick in a card just to make them smile! The days and nights are long, and anything to break them up is a welcome relief!
- Most of all, just don't forget… Childhood Cancer Awareness should be EVERY day! Who do YOU wear gold for?
* These facts and the video were excerpted from Renee's post on 5 Minutes For Special Needs. (Click the link to read the post in it's entirety.)