How Can You Help End Childhood Cancer?
Did you know that 1 in every 285 American children is diagnosed with a form of pediatric cancer? That’s a really shocking statistic and one that you should keep in mind this month– September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Here are some other statistics you should know:
- 1 in 5 pediatric cancer patients will not survive their illness
- Most who survive will struggle with the long-term side effects of their treatments
- An estimated 14,583 kids will be diagnosed with cancer in September 2015
Each new patient and their family is praying that there is a treatment available that can save their child’s life.
Funding Childhood Cancer Research
It’s not an easy subject to think about, but there is something that you can do this month to help. We’d like to ask you to consider making a donation during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. These donations will help fund promising cancer research, such as programs that train dogs to sniff out cancer.
It may not seem like much to make a donation, but getting involved will help change lives now and in the near future. Of course there are several other ways that you can get involved during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
First, watch this short video from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation:
If this video moved you in any way, we ask that you tell others about it. This is an effective medium for getting this message across to others.
Make a Donation
Below are links to the donation pages of several of our favorite organizations:
- Children’s Cancer Research Fund
- American Childhood Cancer Organization
- St. Baldrick’s Foundation
- Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Lend Your Voice to a Good Cause
Are you comfortable speaking up for a cause like this? Childhood cancer research always needs more passionate advocates and it certainly is one of the best ways you can get involved this year. We recommend checking out #StepUp, a co-ordinated campaign by the Alliance for Childhood Cancer and the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer.
Go Gold this September!
The month may be almost half over, but it’s not too late to organize your own event for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. There are many things that proactive people can do to help spread the word and raise additional funding. Check out this page for 30 great fundraising ideas you can try this year!
Become a Shavee!
Are you willing to make a significant hairstyle change this year? You can help raise money for childhood cancer research by shaving your head. So how does this help pediatric cancer patients?
As you’re probably aware, aggressive cancer treatments like chemotherapy cause hair to fall out. This can make patients feel even more self conscious. To show their support, family members and friends started shaving their heads voluntarily and getting others to make donation pledges.
If you are interested, here’s what we recommend:
- Check out St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s “Be a Shavee” page
- Sign up for an event nearby
- Create and customize your own participant page
- Follow the foundation’s tips to raise more funds
- Get your head shaved!
There are plenty of things that you can do this month to help fund childhood cancer research. We can only hope that you feel motivated to try something new this year. If you have some fundraising stories to share, please leave a comment below!