If you didn't know already, September is Childhood Cancer Month. A few facts:
- Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children.
- The National Cancer Institute’s federal budget=$4.6 billion. Pediatric cancers received less than 3% of it.
- Overall, one out of every five children diagnosed with cancer dies. In some forms of cancer, as few as one out of every five children will live..
- The cause of most childhood cancers are unknown and at present, cannot be prevented. In contrast, adult cancers result from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, occupation, and other exposure to cancer-causing agents.
- Nationally, childhood cancer is 20 times more prevalent than pediatric AIDS yet pediatric AIDS receives four times the funding that childhood cancer receives.
- On the average, 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.
- In the U.S., about 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every single school day.
- Wear a gold ribbon to support childhood cancer. Let's make Gold the new Pink!
- Attend fundraising and awareness events in your area. There is a Cookies for Kids Cancer fundraiser in Carytown and one in Short Pump next Saturday (September 11th).
- Contact your Senator or Congressperson and advocate in support of more research funding for pediatric cancer. Visit the Advocacy section of our website for more information.
- Support our friends at ReeseStrong by registering for their 5K race (and one mile kids run) on September 18th. Proceeds will benefit Aileen Jones, a local girl fighting cancer.
As usual, the calendar is full of CJSTUF events and opportunities so LISTEN UP! We don't want you to miss out on anything.
Finally: This may be last minute notice for some but we are having a small work party at our house tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/6) at 7 PM. We will be assembling CJSTUF Swag Bags and making cards for families staying at the Houston Ronald McDonald House. Bring your crafty creativity, come one, come all. Email Rachel or Roger if you have questions or need directions.