Thursday, September 13, 2007

My friend Holly asked me to do this post on We Know the Good Stuff for her. This same post appears on Tutus & Turtles.blogspot. So if things don't work quite right or look funny, check out that sight. As a cancer survivor myself, I am a HUGE supporter of anything that has to do with cancer research and support. After going through it myself, I can't even imagine what it must be like to go through something so devastating as a child. Read through this and see what you can do to help. Also, there is an adorable picture of a little girl named Sadie on the Tutus & Turtles blog. She is only 17 months old and fighting cancer.
*Kids Get Cancer Too*
Cancer in children is more common than most people realize. Childhood cancers behave very differently than adult cancers and the survival statistics are not as promising. Furthermore, the incidence of childhood cancers seems to be increasing. Please join us in increasing awareness of childhood cancer facts and statistics.
-Cancer is the number one killer of children by disease. It is the second leading cause of all childhood deaths exceeded only by accidents.
-One in 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 20.
-On average, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States.
-Approximately 12,400 children were diagnoses with cancer in the year 2000.
-Each year about 3,000 children die from cancer. This is more than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined.
-Only about 20% of adults with cancer show evidence that the disease has spread to distant sites on the body at diagnosis, yet 80% of children are diagnosed with advanced disease.
-In the past 20 years only one new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use.
-Only 3% of the budget from the National Cancer Institute goes toward pediatric cancer research. That's 3% of all pediatric cancers combined.
-The incidence of childhood cancer is increasing. The cause of this is unknown.
-Pediatric cancer funding is nominal in comparison to other more publicized diseases such as pediatric AIDS or juvenile diabetes, which increases in awareness every year.
-Most adult cancers result from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, occupation, and exposure to cancer-causing agents. The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown.
-Approximately 70% of children with cancer participate in research trials compared to only 3% of adult cancer patients. As a result, many of the advances in adult cancer treatments are due to breakthroughs in childhood cancer research.
-The government recently cut the budget for childhood cancer research.
-As a nation, we spend $14 billion dollars per year on the space program, but only $35 million on childhood cancer research per year.
How You Can Help
-The Symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon.
-Wear a gold ribbon to show your support.
-Have a car wash, bake sale, or any special event and donate the proceeds to the childhood cancer organization of your choice.
-Go through old video tapes, DVDs, and CDs to donate to your local Children's Hospital.
-Ask your Student Council or PTA for help in getting your or your child's school involved.
-Get your church youth group involved.-Host an Alex's Lemonade Stand.
-Educate youth by having them donate their allowance earned for the month of September.
-Participate in Locks of Love.
-Donate Blood.
-Email Oprah requesting a pediatric cancer show.
-Copy, post, and circulate this information.
-Support the kids fighting cancer by leaving messages on their pages and keeping them in your prayers.
-Click on the Add to sk*rt button on the bottom of this post, log in or register a new account, and click on the Love It! button connected to this tutus and turtle's post to help increase awareness of childhood cancer. You may have to search for the post under tutus and turtles or childhood cancer.


Holly, Trevor, Max, and Annika said...

Thank-you so much for sharing this!

shannon said...

i am currently growing my hair out for locks of's almost to my lower back. thanks for sharing this, it's such a good reminder!

Charlotte said...

I cut my hair for Locks of Love last summer. I am so glad that I did it. My neice and her cousin did it as well. They were only 6 and 7 years old. It's a great way to get the kids involved with helping too.

alysha said...

Hey Lindsay we could try and raise funds as an achievement days activity, thanks for all the great ideas of how we can help!

Julie said...

That is so crazy cause just this morning Natalie and I decided we're going to grow her hair out for Locks of Love! CRAZY!!! And for those who don't know my cousin's little girl has been fighting cancer since she was 4 months old...she's almost 2 now. She has retinal blastoma (I think) and they had to remove one of her eyes this past Monday. Its so sad. No child should have to go through that!

Jana said...

I had cancer when I was a child and it is so sad to think that even now, the children aren't getting what they deserve. Great reminder of what we can do to help.

Evonne said...

How much hair do you need to be able to cut off for locks of love? Just curious how long I'd need to grow...

Louise said...

i am always amazed at how many people are affected by cancer. we just lost a friend to cancer of the intestines a couple of weeks is so precious. thanks for the informative post. it really puts new light on the subject and makes us aware of what we can all do to help and honor those touched by this.

Jocelyn said...

Those are some great ideas for what we can do to help. It is so sad. I agree with Julie, no kid should ever have to go through that. Thanks for listing SO MANY things we can do. I don't know about you all, but the fact that there is that much more money spent on space travel makes me sad.