Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Not alot of people realize this, but there are alot of children in this nation who have cancer. In fact, it is said that 46 school children are diagnosed with some form of cancer EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Could you imagine your child recieving this diagnosis? I cannot even begin to. Any parent family who has a child with cancer is truly a godsend. I admire their strength and hope and faith during the darkest of times. I like to think I would be able to handle it but I do not honestly know.






 

Here are some facts about Childhood Cancer. Please learn them and share them with the world! People need to know!

There are eight common types of Childhood Cancer:

***Luekemia
***Brain and other nervous system tumors
***Bone Cancer
***Lymphoma
***Wilm's Tumor
***Neuroblastoma
***Retinoblastoma
***Rhabdomyosarcoma

Despite all the major advances in its care and treatment, it is the second leading case of death in children under the age of 15.

1 out of every 5 children diagnosed with cancer will die.

Here the saddest one:

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,340 are expected to die from cancer in 2012.

1,340 children.

Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.


Alan and I have a WTE friend named Jack. He was diagnosed with High Risk, Stage 3 Acute T-Cell Lymphoma just after his second birthday. We've known Jack and his family since he was about six months old. Before diagnosis, he seemed like your normal little boy. He liked dirt, balls, cars, and playing outside. This sweet boy did not deserve cancer, no one ever does. Here is his full story, written by his amazing mother Mandilynn. Jack is still fighting his battle with cancer. This family is coming up on the two year anniversary of Jack's diagnosis, they will need lots of love. Stop by to read his story and drop them a line of encouragement.

I hope that one day we are able to find a cure. Until then, we must all continue to give support, love and hope to those who need it most.

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