This is our charity program to honor those fighting cancer including our oldest son, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the beginning of his senior year of high school. Thankfully he is in remission. We want to do our part in fighting back against the disease by supporting organizations that provide research and patient services for patients and families dealing with cancer.
Every year we make contributions to childhood cancer research or an organization that helps families who are dealing with childhood cancer. Some of the organizations have/could include but are not limited to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society CureSearch
(childhood cancer research organization) Candlelighters
(help and support for families with children who have cancer) Super Sibs
(awards and acknowledgement for siblings of cancer patients)
Childhood cancer is considered rare. Rare has two meanings in this case, happening to your child or someone elses. One in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20. That’s 46 kids every school day. 12,500 diagnosed every year. 3,000 kids, or 1 in 4 or 5 will not survive. Not so rare when put in these terms.
It is the #1 killer disease of our children today, more than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined. Each year 35-40,000 are in treatment. Childhood cancer has a huge societal impact - 180,000 potential years of life are lost to it EVERY year! Not so rare indeed.
And yet, awareness and funding for childhood cancer is woefully inadequate. The National Cancer Institute's budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3%. With The American Cancer Society and others the funding they give towards childhood cancer is the same, 3%.
We feel the responsibility to do what we can to help.