CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
In recognition of the fact that 400,000+ 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 2100 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;1
- Approximately half of children’s cancers are diagnosed in children under the age of five. 1
- Childhood cancers have a life-long impact on children and their families—physically, psychologically, financially.
- 1 Sources:
Childhood Cancer Canada http://www.childhoodcancer.ca/
St-Baldrick’s Foundation http://www.stbaldricks.org/about-childhood-cancer/
STEP-BY-STEP-TEMBRE (S-B-S-T) is a Canada-wide fun run/walk/stroll/treadmill or ride from September 1st to 30th to raise awareness of childhood cancer, and at the same time, a chance for participants to raise funds for the Oncology department of their local children’s hospital.
Register or make a donation to your local children’s hospital