Have you thought about pediatric cancer lately? I bet most of you haven't.
I have a good friend who lost her beloved daughter Donna to pediatric cancer and has done amazing things to bring about awareness. I am not an expert in the field, but here are a few things that she's shared with me:
- More US children will die from cancer than any other disease, or many other diseases combined;
- Before the age of 20, 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will be diagnosed with cancer;
- worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes;
- the cure rate for the most common form of pediatric cancer, ALL leukemia, is as high as 90%, but most other childhood cancers do not have that success rate. Brain tumors have a 50/50 cure rate, and some, like DIPG, are known to be fatal with no known treatment or cure;
- 73% of kids who survive their cancer will have chronic health problems as a result of their treatment and 42% will suffer severe or life-threatening conditions like secondary cancers.
It makes you want to do something. Well look no further! March 29th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, there will be a St. Baldrick's event honoring Donna as well as raising big bucks to fund research in hopes that one day no child will have to fight cancer.
HERE is where you can find out more information. Shave your head, watch others shave their head, donate money, meet great people. Whatever it is you can do would be GREATLY appreciated.
If you would like to read Donna's heartbreaking story, HERE is a link to her mom's journey.
Thank you for reading and hoping for a brighter future.
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