Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood cancer awareness month.

If you are a new visitor, you might be wondering why I am advocating for childhood cancer. I wish I didn’t have to. I wish I knew nothing about the facts of childhood cancer, but in March 2014 just 15 days after being diagnosed with brain cancer, my 2.5 year old nephew passed away. Unfortunately for our family, Kai had one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, AT/RT, which has a 10% survival rate.

Facts about childhood cancer:

  • Childhood cancer is the leading cause of deaths by disease among children.
  • This year, 15,000 children in the United States from the age of 0 to 19 will be diagnosed with cancer and 2,000 will pass away from cancer.
  • 41 children in the United States every day will be diagnosed with cancer.
  • One out of every 300 males and one out of every 330 females will develop cancer before their 20th birthday.
  • 40,000 children receive treatment each year for cancer.
  • 20% of children will die from the disease itself, complications with treatment, or a secondary cancer.
  • 96% of the Federal funding for research is for adult cancers, leaving less than 4% for childhood cancer, even though children make up 20% of the cancer population.

Despite the fact that children make up 20% of the cancer population, childhood cancer receives only 4% of all cancer funds. Many of these children are given no chance because the majority of the cancer funds are all being used for adult cancers.

For many people these are just facts. I was the same way, but that ALL changes when childhood cancer affects someone you know. I had never been around cancer or death until Kai got sick. In just two quick weeks, my world got flipped upside down and now advocating for childhood cancer is very important to me. I’m advocating because I want others to know about childhood cancer. I am advocating because I want everyone to know the reality and the facts of the disease. I’m advocating because I want there to be a cure and I’m advocating in memory of Kai.

If you want to make a difference in these little ones lives, please considering making a donation to St. Jude’s. If you don’t have the funds to donate, will you please share this post? Join me in going gold for the month of September and spreading awareness about childhood cancer.

September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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30 Comments
  • ellesees.blogspot.com
    Posted at 08:43h, 02 September Reply

    i know a child in remission from cancer–she is headed to WDW next month to celebrate! i am sorry again for your loss, and am thankful there is a month dedicated to awareness!

  • Elena
    Posted at 09:16h, 02 September Reply

    Very alarming statistics! Thinking of you dear friend! And your entire family who has had to suffer this incredible loss!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 10:55h, 02 September Reply

    Our new neighbors have a daughter that had leukemia as a child – she’s well now – but they have been spreading the word about September & gold ribbons as well. Love the attention this cause is getting!

  • Tiffany (A Touch of Grace)
    Posted at 10:57h, 02 September Reply

    It’s shocking to me how little funding goes to childhood cancer research. I mean come on! That’s our future and you don’t want to spend more $$ researching how to save them?!
    And the stats are crazy. I had no idea that many kids got cancer each day.
    Thanks for sharing this Caroline and I hope more people read this and can help make a change.

  • Brittany @ DIY Just Cuz
    Posted at 11:20h, 02 September Reply

    What a great post! Childhood cancer should be eradicated and hopefully one day it will!
    Thanks for sharing at the Welcome Home Wednesdays link party; we hope to see you again next week!
    –Brittany

  • Shann
    Posted at 13:19h, 02 September Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have shared your post, and will share throughout the month.

  • Ashley Swavel
    Posted at 14:03h, 02 September Reply

    What a great post! There was a little girl named Bailey and I followed her story on social media and she passed away not long ago from childhood cancer. So sad that this cause receives such little funding 🙁

  • Kelly @ SoKo Blog
    Posted at 14:08h, 02 September Reply

    Thank you for sharing this information! I really didn’t know much about childhood cancer, other than it’s not fun to go through. Praying for you and your family!

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 14:12h, 02 September Reply

    Only the dear Lord knows and understands all you and your family have suffered because of this dreadful disease. Bless you for being such an advocate and for getting the word out to others. I still pray for your family and lift you all to the Father. Love you, sweet friend.

  • Marie
    Posted at 14:37h, 02 September Reply

    Such a horrible disease. Thanks for making us aware!!

  • Marissa
    Posted at 15:53h, 02 September Reply

    So sorry to hear about your nephew. Cancer is such a horrible disease, and for children it’s heartbreaking on a whole new level. Thank you for sharing your passion in this way.

    Marissa

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 17:22h, 02 September Reply

    Thanks for sharing this info, Caroline! So eye opening.

  • Mary Collins
    Posted at 19:54h, 02 September Reply

    Such a worthy cause. Much needs to be done to fight the battle for cancer in children.

  • Samantha
    Posted at 19:58h, 02 September Reply

    It hit home when you lose a loved one. Thanks for the reminder and for being an advocate for others!

  • Gina
    Posted at 20:42h, 02 September Reply

    I will gladly share your post. My heart goes out to your family. As a mom to a little one, this isn’t something that can easily be ignored. Thank you for being an advocate!

  • Joanna Bell
    Posted at 21:09h, 02 September Reply

    We have been lucky and blessed with good physical health in our family but we donate when we can to children’s hospitals and groups. I can’t imagine one of our children being this sick, or even loosing one of them… Yes we have been blessed, thank you for reminding us all.

  • Megan Gonzalez
    Posted at 22:47h, 02 September Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. i truly wish words could convey… I will definitely be in prayer and share your story and post.

  • andi
    Posted at 04:00h, 03 September Reply

    an awesome post – to get out such an important message

  • Jan
    Posted at 08:13h, 03 September Reply

    This is near and dear to Cristi, one of my Sweet Jesus Girls (blog contributor). I will be sharing this post with her!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 08:49h, 03 September Reply

    A friend lost her son to cancer a couple of years ago. Thank you for posting about this.

  • Miss Angie
    Posted at 09:18h, 03 September Reply

    It’s so tragic. I just watched a video of a mother who lost her infant to cancer (only a little bit after he turned 1) and I just bawled. I had no idea it could happen that young.

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 11:09h, 03 September Reply

    Wow… these statistics break my heart. Let’s go from 2,000 dying from cancer to 0.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  • Chelsie
    Posted at 16:23h, 03 September Reply

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I personally know how hard it is to be affected by childhood cancer because I am a 9 year survivor of pediatric osteosarcoma. I was diagnosed when I was 15. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for helping to raise awareness. We will find a cure.

  • amanda
    Posted at 23:55h, 03 September Reply

    thanks for sharing. SO important.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 18:17h, 04 September Reply

    Glad you reminded us of the importance of this month. I can’t wait to meet your sweet nephew in heaven one day.

  • amanda
    Posted at 21:45h, 06 September Reply

    I’m glad you’re sharing about this. I didn’t know that so little funds went to children with cancer! So sorry about precious Kai. I can’t imagine how hard that must be to see a sweet toddler go through something like that.

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