September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

One child diagnosed with cancer is one too many.

September 2, 2016

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As summer days end and school begins, we are focusing our attention on the kids who can’t always go back to school right away. Every year, more than 15,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer. Although large advancements in cancer research and treatment are underway, raising awareness for the families and children battling the unimaginable is crucial. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we’re supporting the movement.

Current statistics regarding pediatric cancer:

  • According to CureSeach for Children's Cancer, over 40,000 children in the US are currently being treated for cancer.
  • About 25% of those children are diagnosed with leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer.
  • Brain and central nervous system cancer tumors come in second, at 18% of all diagnosed pediatric cancers.
  • Sadly, 12% of patients will not survive their childhood cancer. But many, like Chase, will go into remission after treatment.

Childhood cancer can be devastating to the children and families it affects, especially due to the few preventative measures that can be taken against it. Treatment is working, with the death rates of pediatric cancer declining by nearly 70 percent over the past four decades. However, there are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of childhood cancer in the US.

If you notice people changing their social media profile pictures to gold ribbons or wearing gold this month, it’s because gold is the color for childhood cancer awareness. Gold represents love, compassion, courage and magic. For many battling cancer, these words embody a cancer fighter and survivor.

September 13 is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. If you, your child or someone you know is battling cancer, please share your story with us. The simplest way to bring hope and encouragement is sharing your words with the world. Share your story here.

CHASE

Chase was just 2 1/2 years old when he woke up one morning unable to walk. On October 20, 2013, doctors confirmed that Chase had leukemia.

After Chase was diagnosed, he went through weekly chemotherapy sessions and blood transfusions at the hospital. Chase didn’t understand what was wrong, but he completed his treatments like a fighter. He’s an amazing little man: smart, funny and so full of energy.

Chase is now in remission. If all goes as planned, he will be off treatment and ready to start a whole new life leukemia–free!

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Starlight’s mission is to bring happiness to hospitalized children. With cancer patients undergoing lengthy treatments in hospitals, it is vital to give those children a chance to relax and unwind through play. If you’d like to support Starlight and help more children like Chase, make a donation today. You can help kids with childhood cancer and their siblings and parents relieve stress and experience joy.

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