Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Highlights from Washington, DC

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time when we celebrate advances in childhood cancer treatment and care, remember the children we've lost, and engage new advocates to join in our mission of achieving a day when every child with cancer can live a long and healthy life. Last week was a busy one in DC, jam-packed full of awareness events. If you weren't able to join us, we bring you these highlights:

  • The debut of our new Advocacy Toolkit, a guidebook full of the tools you need to become an informed, effective advocate for kids with cancer and childhood cancer survivors. Download your complimentary copy here.
Above: CCCA's Advocacy Toolkit, pictured here at the Children's Cause booth at CureFest, September 2017

Above: CCCA's Advocacy Toolkit, pictured here at the Children's Cause booth at CureFest, September 2017

  • We kicked off a busy week of activities with a fundraising event at Takoda Restaurant, bringing together friends old and new for a fun social evening at a great spot in DC on September 12th. We're grateful to everyone who showed up and bid on the terrific silent auction items available. We're especially thankful to the event sponsors, and we give special thanks to these Silver Level Sponsors: The Association for Accessible Medicines, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Lilly Oncology, Pfizer, Russell and (CCCA Board Chair) Lori Ring, and our founder Susan L. Weiner, PhD.
Above: Friends and supporters at the Children's Cause social event in DC, September 2017.

Above: Friends and supporters at the Children's Cause social event in DC, September 2017.

It was an inspiring morning on Capitol Hill, and we thank the Caucus co-chairs - Reps. Michael McCaul, Jackie Speier, G.K. Butterfield, and Mike Kelly - for speaking up on behalf of our kids and for their continued legislative support.

  • The following day, AtlanticLive! hosted a well-attended forum on childhood cancer at the Newseum. Along with substantive panel discussions on immunotherapy and big data, we also had the pleasure of hearing perspectives from several childhood cancer survivors, including eight-year-old Caroline:
  • The highlight of the week - and month! - for many childhood cancer families was CureFest on the National Mall. Children's Cause was proud to be a sponsor of this year's CureFest, which brought over 80 foundations and hundreds of families together in the nation's capitol for two days of speeches, marches, rallies, walks, and entertainment. We made many new connections with families impacted by childhood cancer and thoroughly enjoyed the diverse line-up of entertainment.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our CureFest booth. We hope to see you again next year!

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Aside from CureFest, other notable coalition events from last week included the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, an Alliance for Childhood Cancer Luncheon and Art Exhibit on Capitol Hill, and a Coalition for Childhood Cancer (CAC2) networking reception. We thank our coalition partners for their hard work to bring a real sense of community collaboration to awareness month.

These are just a fraction of the events that have taken place in the Capitol and around the country so far this month. We'd be remiss not to mention that Hyundai Hope on Wheels held its own set of events last week, as they do every September.

There are still a few days left in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Next up on the events schedule is a Capitol Hill briefing on Monday, September 25th, co-presented by Children's Cause and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The topic is access issues for childhood cancer patients and survivors. Learn more here.

Of course, childhood cancer doesn't end when September does. To support our year-round advocacy work on behalf of kids and families, please consider making a donation toward our September campaign before the month is out! Help us continue to be the voice of children with cancer.