September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Here Are the Facts and How We Can Help

Can anyone else believe that it is already September?? The summer months have flown by and we can’t believe our first event is just a few weeks away! (p.s. have you RSVP’d yet?)

September is an important month for cancer charities. This month is observed by families, charities and organizations across the United States as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Childhood cancer affects everyone; here are some facts about pediatric cancer that are important for everyone to know:

  • Thousands of children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer every year; 15,780 children under the age of 21 are affected by cancer

  • The 5-year survival rate in children diagnosed with cancer has risen from less than 50 to 80 percent over the past decade
  • 1 in 285 – the chance that a child will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma affects 15% of all children diagnosed with cancer – the most common cancer in the age group 15 to 19
  • The international awareness symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon, representing all forms of cancer affecting children and adolescents

Raising awareness for pediatric cancer has been easier then ever with the rise of modern technology. Social media has become a powerful tool in the fight against cancer and there are many ways we can support the fight.

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer will take place in Lincoln Park on September 19th. And on September 20th, CureSearch Walk will be hosting their fundraising walk in Schaumburg, celebrating and honoring children who have been affected by cancer.

You can also get involved online. The American Childhood Cancer Organization has resources and fundraisers that anyone can support and give back to. For example, using the hashtag “GoGold” or hosting a local fundraiser are just a couple of ways to show your support.

We highly encourage everyone to give back to their local organizations to help find the cure for childhood cancer. Giving back comes in all shapes, sizes and forms but every bit has an impact. We hope you will find something that will speak to you and join us in helping the children and families affected by pediatric cancer!


For more information on Childhood Cancer and how you can support, please visit http://www.acco.org.

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