Today is the last day of September and already I see logos turning pink, profile pictures turning pink, pink grocery bags….While I am ALL for pink everywhere during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s wait until Oct. It’s STILL September. It’s STILL Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
This time last year, I wrote a post about September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I specifically wrote about Matthew and Liam, two children I personally knew who were fighting cancer.
Sadly, this year’s post must share that both of those children have passed. I see their parents’ heartbreaks almost daily.
As my friend, Carli (Liam’s mom) wrote, “Childhood cancer IS NOT rare.” As you can see in the illustration below, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes! Childhood cancer deserves every single day of awareness that it can get. Here are some startling facts that might make you fight for awareness for 12 months rather than just one:
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among children and adolescents (ages 1 to 19 years) in the United States.
The causes of childhood cancer are not well understood.
Children and adolescents who have been treated for cancer need regular follow-up care for the rest of their lives because they are at risk of late side effects that can occur many years later, including second cancers.
What can you do?
Continue to spread the word. Even if you can’t give money, you can tweet, you can post, you can Instagram…
Pray for these children and their families.
Donate time, $ or items to various organizations that help families who are fighting this battle.
My friend Carli started Linked with Liam after Liam’s passing and delivers Warrior Packs to children who are fighting cancer. It brightens their day and hers.
I also have another friend who started The Morgan Frazier Cancer Foundation after her daughter lost her battle with cancer. They help families with a variety of things during and after their battles, including money, transportation, emotional support, meals…
You can do something small, or you can do something big, but EVERYTHING helps.
Here are two families I know who also have children fighting cancer. Reach out to them and let them know you’re thinking about them.
If there’s a child you’d like to add to this list, please let me know and I’ll add them. Go gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness month through ALL of September. These kids deserve it.