September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Childhood Cancer Facts from GoldRibbons.com
- The gold ribbon is the official ribbon of children with cancer worldwide, supported, recognized and promoted by hundreds of organizations and treatment centers, families, friends, and caregivers.
- Over 12,400 children (in the United States) are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's a classroom full of children every single day, year after year.
- Currently, one in every 330 children in the United States develops cancer before the age of nineteen. The incidence of cancer among children is increasing. Each school day, enough children are diagnosed with childhood cancer to empty two classrooms! (*NCCF)
- About 4,000 children die from cancer each year. That's 11 children every single day, every single year.
- When a child is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is affected.
- Treatment is often lengthy, and always time-consuming. Some diagnoses are treated outpatient for over three years; others require lengthy inpatient stays.
- Siblings of children with cancer face an entire set of emotional challenges, from wondering if they are to blame for their sibling's diagnosis, to feelings of jealousy for all the attention and gifts the child with cancer is receiving, to feeling abandoned by their parents as the parents (necessarily and expectedly) focus their time and energy on the child in treatment.
- Cancer is NOT contagious.
- Support (emotional, physical, maybe even financial) of the family IS contagious -- and very much needed from everyone -- from friends to neighbors to entire communities. When you know a child who is diagnosed with cancer, be the first one to offer support -- others will follow.
Please visit the American Childhood Cancer Organization for more information.