It’s childhood cancer awareness month. Did you know that more than 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Each year.
Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children in America.
Every 3 minutes, somewhere in the world a family receives the devastating news that their child has been diagnosed with cancer.
There are many ways to honor childhood cancer awareness month. Here are 7 ways you can get involved.
Donate to fund research
There are great charities working hard to fight childhood cancer through research to find a cure and better cancer therapies. Two-thirds of all childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment. The good news is being cancer free. The bad news is living with a chronic condition caused by the same treatments that beat the cancer.
There are also organizations that support families as they fight cancer. As well as organizations that make cancer patient dreams come true.
If you don’t have a favorite childhood cancer charity, look in your community first. You can also check out Charity Navigator. It allows you to search by state, category, keyword, or charity name. You get a list of charities along with metrics that might help you make a decision.
There are children in the hospital right now who need blood and platelets to survive. Check Red Cross to find a location near you. If you can, donate platelets. If you can’t donate, sponsor a blood drive or find a friend who has never donated before and encourage them.
Sign up to be a Bone Marrow Donor
Bone marrow transplants are sometimes the best and only treatment for certain cancers like leukemia as well as approximately 70 other conditions. Nearly 20,000 Americans need bone marrow transplants every year. A bone marrow donation requires a little more effort from you than a financial donation or even a blood donation. But you are literally saving someone’s life. Visit DKMS to learn more and register to be a potential donor You are spending a few hours of your life and giving another person years back to theirs.
Shop with a Purpose
Combine your love of something with a good cause.
Walk, run, ride, or play
If you like to walk, run, bike, or play anything from kickball to dodgeball to other games, look for events you can join that raise money for cancer research. If you can’t find an event, organize one.
I support Pedal the Cause (PTC) in St. Louis. 2020 will be my 7th year riding with Team Clare. It combines my love of bicycling with fundraising to create A World Without Cancer. The PTC mission is to provide critical funding for cancer research in St. Louis. If you’d like to support this cause, visit my PTC page.
Children’s hospitals are far too full of patients. Get a group together and make something to donate. Craft kits, pillowcases, quilts, fleece blankets, hats, toys, art supplies, toiletry kits. Check your local children’s hospital for a list of their most needed items. Also think about the families supporting their fighter. Siblings and parents need comfort and activities too.
You don’t need to think big to make a difference in childhood cancer. Patients, siblings, parents, and loved ones are all fighting. A little gesture can go a long way to provide comfort and hope.