"Each year, pediatric cancer interrupts the childhood and limits the potential of thousands of young Americans. It is estimated that almost 16,000 of our daughters and sons under the age of 20 will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and it remains the leading cause of disease-related death for children. This month -- in honor of these young patients, their loved ones, and all those who support them -- we rededicate ourselves to combating this devastation." -2014 Presidential Proclamation by Barack Obama
It's here! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we're recognizing this special time all month long. Events and activities are taking place all over the country, but here are just a few that we want to highlight:
- September 6: Our own Champions for Children with Cancer regional advocacy workshop is taking place TOMORROW in Durham, North Carolina. We can still accept a few last-minute registrations if you're in the southeast region and interested!
- Thursday, September 18: The Rally for Medical Research Hill Day will bring a broad coalition of groups together, including CCCA, to advocate for more funding for the NIH on Capitol Hill. The Hill Day will be preceded by a training session followed by an evening "Reception to Celebrate Medical Research" on Wednesday, September 17th.
September 19: The 5th Annual Childhood Cancer Summit, hosted by the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, will feature keynote speaker Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director. This year's theme is "Pediatric Cancer: Major Advances, Major Challenges." Two additional speakers have just been announced: Dr. Ronald DePinho, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Amrit Ray, Chief Medical Officer at Johnson & Johnson - Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The public is welcome to attend the 9:00-10:30am Summit in the Congressional Auditorium at the Capitol Visitors Center. A luncheon reception will follow the Summit: Space will be limited and registration required. Stay tuned for more details!
- September 20: CureFest organizers are holding a Welcome Event at National's Stadium from 3:30-6:30pm, followed by A Night of Golden Lights, a gold-themed candlelight rally near the White House from 7:30-8:30pm.
- September 21: CureFest is an annual, family-friendly festival on the National Mall, which will take place from 9am-1:30pm this year. The event will feature an awareness walk, games and activities, live music, speeches by childhood cancer experts and families, and educational exhibit tables. (Stop by to see us at our table!)
- To attend CureFest is free but if you'd like to participate in the walk and/or attend the Welcome Event, you can pay the registration fee here. Registration ends on September 16th.
We'll be keeping you posted all month on these and other events as they occur. Be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date news. Is there an event in your area that you're attending? We want to hear about it!
P.S. - If you're still trying to figure out something special to do this month, we encourage you to check out some of the great ideas from CAC2's Gold Awareness Project.