September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

- Aidan's mom, after learning her 5-year-old son had Nephroblastoma, a kidney cancer also known as Wilms tumor.  Read more stories about children with cancer  here .

- Aidan's mom, after learning her 5-year-old son had Nephroblastoma, a kidney cancer also known as Wilms tumor.

Read more stories about children with cancer here.

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 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.

Facts

  • 43 children per day or 15,780 children per year are expected to be diagnosed in with cancer.

  • Childhood cancer is not one disease – there are more than 12 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes.

  • Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children.

  • About thirty five percent of children diagnosed with cancer will die within 30 years of diagnosis.

  • Since 1980, only four drugs have been approved in the first instance for use in children. This is compared with hundreds of drugs that have been developed specifically for adults only. Equally important, for many of the childhood cancers, the same treatments that existed in the 1970’s continue with few, if any, changes.

  • In 2013 there were nearly 390,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States. This number is projected to grow to more than 500,000 by 2020.

  • More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 years of age (2); these health related issues are side-effects of either the cancer or more commonly, the result of its treatment.

Source: Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2)


What Can I Do?

  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates all month long. Use hashtags #CCAM and #GOLDSTRONG to share your own awareness stories in social media!

  • Make a gift of $20 or more and receive a free tumbler as our thanks.

  • There are plenty more events happening during September, both in DC and around the country, and we encourage you to check out the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer's Events Calendar to see if there's something going on in your area. 


Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 1, 2019 -- Announcement!

We have a big announcement to make September 1st!

  • Sept. 20-22, 2019 -- CureFest in the Nation’s Capitol

We will join with families and organizations from around the country for CureFest, an annual event that Children’s Cause is proud to help support as a sponsor. CureFest brings people and organizations together from across the country in Washington, DC, to take a united stand against childhood cancer. For more information, visit www.curefestusa.org.

For questions about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please contact us at info@childrenscause.org or 202-552-7392.