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.

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
    St-Baldrick’s Foundation

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


Links to Children’s Hospitals

The Window Washer (YouTube video)

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