It's time to #GoGold

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

It feels like there are a lot of groups raising money for pediatric cancer research. At first glance, it seems like overkill. I mean, sure, it's a worthy cause, but how many groups do you need? But then you hear the statistics...

Facts about Pediatric Cancer Incidence and Mortality
  • Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years.

“NCI’s Pediatric Cancer Research and Pediatric Cancer-Related Activities,” page 7, last paragraph. (citing incidence of invasive childhood cancers rising from 11.8 cases for 100,000 children in 1975 to 14.8 cases per 100,000 children in 2004). Report by Francis S. Collins, Director of National Institute of Health, to Congressman Todd Tiahar and David Obey, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, as requested in House Report No. 111-220, page 109. This report was delivered July 19, 2010.

  • Each year around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US, that’s more than a classroom of kids a day.

  • 35,000 children are currently in treatment for cancer.

  • 25% of all kids who are diagnosed with cancer die.

  • Some pediatric brain tumors, such as brain stem gliomas and pontine gliomas, are terminal upon diagnosis and no new protocols have been developed in 30 years.

  • Many pediatric cancers, including neuroblastoma and disseminated medulloblastoma, are terminal upon progression or recurrence.

  • More children die of cancer every year than adults died in 9/11.

  • Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

  • The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a child to lose 69 years of expected life.

The death of a child is one of the most traumatic events a family might face.

  • Families who have lost children are often financially and emotionally depleted.


The statistics are sobering. As people concerned about children's health and wellbeing, this is not a situation we can or should ignore. With statistics like these, almost everyone has personal experience with pediatric cancer. And yet, the vast majority of money spent on cancer research focuses on adult cancers. For instance The American Cancer Society's annual revenue is $862,000,000. The amount spent annually on adult cancer research is $406,800,000 versus $20,000,000 spent on pediatric cancer research. Looking at this information, it becomes very clear- we do indeed need every reputable charitable organization that raises money for childhood cancer research and support. So this month, I will be tweeting and sharing information on a variety of charitable organizations that support pediatric cancer research, as well as directly supporting the children and families impacted by cancer. I hope that you will also share this information by tweeting and posting on other social media platforms.


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