Did you know how Cancer affects our children?

 

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in childreN.

 

  • More children under age 18 die of Cancer than by asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital abnormalities and AIDS, combined.

 

  • Over 1500 children are expected to die from Cancer in the United States this year.

 

  • Approximately 12,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in children and teens in the U.S. each year. That’s roughly 50 children each school day, enough to fill a school bus!   Of those new cases, over 10,000 are under the age of 15! The rate of new pediatric cancer cases is increasing each year! 

 

  • Many treatments can be painful and toxic, and can leave a surviving child with multiple health problems. Research for pediatric cancer is drastically underfunded and few companies are interested in investing in the difficult research to develop new treatments.

 

  • Mostly all funding for pediatric cancer comes from private donations and the U.S. government.   10% of overall government medical research funding supports research for all pediatric diseases, and only 7.5% of NCI funding for research is allocated to fight ALL forms of childhood cancer. For each dollar of the government budget devoted to cancer research, some people have estimated that only four pennies support pediatric cancer research. The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) federal budget in 2009 was $4.97 billion. Of that, breast cancer received more than 12%, prostate cancer received nearly 6%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 7.5%.

 

  • Children with living Cancer are suffering and dying because they haven't had a voice. We can help change that by getting involved and speaking out about this.  Be the one who supports the cause and helps "Make the Change".