September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 18, 2014 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors Abby Boone. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Abby’s fundraising page.
I can’t believe it’s almost September again… Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Before March 11, 2011, I really never thought about Childhood Cancer Awareness. It was something that didn’t happen to me, right? All things changed at 2:40 that afternoon when we received the phone call NO parent wants to hear: “Kim, Jamey… Abby has leukemia. Cancer. And she needs to start a 2.5 year protocol to try to save her life.”
That day, our lives changed forever. Our world revolved around doctor appointments, days at the clinic, spreadsheets of medicine dosages, and arranging activities around blood count levels. Throughout the year, Abby received 15 bags of blood or platelets, I had to take her to the ER nine times, and we spent over 50 days in the hospital.
Our lives and perspectives are forever changed and we’ll never stop trying to raise money for childhood cancer research. Why? Because, while Abby is doing GREAT and has been off treatment for a year, there’s always the chance that she’ll relapse. She still goes to PT once a week to fight the long term side effects of cancer. There’s always another email, phone call, or text that I’m getting that another CHILD was just diagnosed and asking if I can help be an emotional support for the family. Of course I’ll be the emotional support, but I’d rather live in a world where funding for our children, our future, is important.
Did you know:
• Only 4 cents of every dollar for cancer research goes to children.
• Every year, an estimate of 263,000 new cases of cancer effect children under the age of 20 worldwide. That’s 720 new kids affected EVERY DAY.
• Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer.
• Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
• Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from the treatment and many have secondary cancers.
• One in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they’re 20 years old.
• In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only TWO pediatric cancer drugs that were initially studied in children. Other drugs for children’s cancers were first studied in or approved for adults with cancer, and adult and children cancers are very different.
• The average death of a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to loose 69 years of expected life years; a significant loss of productivity to society.
The truth is that without you and other loyal supporters stepping up time and time again to make a financial donation, the kids don’t have a chance. While there is great progress being made, in my book it isn’t good enough until I don’t get any more emails, texts, or phone calls about another child being diagnosed or another child passing away from this horrible disease.
I can’t thank you enough for your continued care and concern, and if you are led to donate, please do. If not, please at least pass along the information to help us spread awareness of this horrible disease. We celebrated Abby’s one year off treatment this past July, and we sincerely hope we never see or hear the word cancer again. Please help us make surviving a reality for all these children… they are our future.