Childhood Cancer is the #1 Disease killer of children in our country
Childhood Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the U.S., more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined.
Although the 5-year-survival rate for some childhood cancers has reached up to 80%, nearly 2,000 kids under the age of 19 die each year. Some childhood cancers such as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) are still considered terminal upon diagnoses.
According to the American Cancer Society’s latest statistics, 1 in every 260 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20. Each year, more than 17,000 children and young adults are diagnosed with cancer, that’s approximately 47 kids per day.
Worldwide, approximately 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.
In the last 20 years, only 4 new drugs have been approved that were specifically developed to treat children with cancer.
There are over a 12 types of childhood cancers and countless subtypes, each requiring specific research.
The causes of most childhood cancer are largely unknown.
Most childhood cancer survivors in the U.S. suffer from lifelong health problems and are at a higher risk of developing secondary cancers due to the harsh treatments used to save their lives.
Federal funding for Childhood Cancer Research has increased from a longtime 4% to now 8%, largely in part due to the increasing advocacy and awareness from parents, foundations, healthcare workers, researchers, and individuals from across the world who are dedicated to helping find a cure and changing the landscape of the future for our children.
All children deserve a future void of pain and suffering. All children deserve to grow up and enjoy their childhood days. Please help us change the world for all children battling cancer and those that will be tragically diagnosed in the future.