CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
In recognition of the fact that 300,000+ children and adolescents around the world are diagnosed with cancer each year*, September has been designated as the month for raising awareness of childhood cancer and funds for treatment and research. Supporters often wear a gold ribbon — the colour representing childhood cancers. Unlike other cancer awareness ribbons, which focus on a single type of cancer, the gold ribbon is a symbol for all forms of cancer affecting children and adolescents.
The Window Washer (YouTube video)
GO FOR THE GOLD! Participate in a STEP-BY-STEP-TEMBRE event for your local children’s hospital. See links below.
White House proclamation 2010, 2011
Childhood cancer facts:
- In Canada, childhood cancer remains responsible for more deaths than any other disease of children from the age of one year through adolescence;
- There are about 10,000 children living with cancer in Canada today;
- Each year, about 1500 cases are diagnosed;
- Because of advances in therapy, 78% of these children will survive 5 years beyond their initial treatment, an increase of almost 46% since the 1960s;
- In the early 1950s, less than 10 percent of childhood cancer patients could be cured;
- Leukaemias, tumours of the brain, nervous/lymphatic system, kidneys, and cancers of the bones and muscles are the most common forms of childhood cancer;
- Approximately half of children’s cancers were diagnosed in children under the age of five. 1
- Childhood cancers have a life-long impact on children and their families—physically, psychologically, financially and sometimes even spiritually.
Childhood Cancer Canada http://www.childhoodcancer.ca/
St-Baldrick’s Foundation http://www.stbaldricks.org/about-childhood-cancer/
1 Childhood cancer incidence in Canada: demographic and geographic variation of temporal trends (1992-2010)
STEP–BY-STEP-TEMBRE is a family-oriented virtual walk from September 1st to 30th. Participants promote September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for priority medical equipment in support of Oncology.
Register at one of the participating hospitals or make a donation to your local children’s hospital
List of Children’s Hospitals:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Momentum Children’s Charity