Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is recognized every September by various cancer organizations around the world. In reality Childhood cancer is an everyday battle for thousands of families. Coping with a diagnosis can be one of the most overwhelming and crushing experiences for any family to face.
Treatment can be difficult, and children face unique issues during and after the process. They may receive more aggressive treatments that can have lasting effects on their growing bodies. They may also react or respond differently to many drugs. Children are often treated at a children’s cancer centers either at a hospital or at unit in a hospital that specializes in the medical care.
Did you know that only 4% of federal government cancer research funding goes to study pediatric cancer?
There are many ways to get involved and make a difference. From making simple donations to cancer research foundations, participating in walks or runs that are held around the country or just showing your support by wearing gold/yellow throughout the month. As most foundations are non-profit, individuals can help out by volunteering their time during events. Businesses can also show their support and become a sponsor or host their own fundraiser. Whatever action you take, you’ll feel good knowing that you’re striving to make a difference to end Childhood Cancer.
Have you ever wonder why the Childhood Cancer Awareness ribbon is gold? In 1997, a group of parents picked gold as the official color as it symbolizes support and solidarity in the fight against Childhood Cancer.
The Nurses 24/7 family honors those families coping with the harsh reality of Childhood Cancer. Today we stand in unison to raise awareness in hopes of finding a cure.