September: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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The Hospice Insider | September 23, 2016

Caregivers, families, research groups and charities across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Its objective is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that affect children, survivorship issues and to help raise funds for research and family support. A gold ribbon is often worn as a sign of support in the month of September.

“Every year, thousands of children across America are diagnosed with cancer and often life threatening illness that remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15. The causes of pediatric cancer are still largely unknown, and though new discoveries are resulting in new treatments, this heartbreaking disease continues to scar families and communities in ways that may never fully heal. This month, we remember the young lives taken too soon, stand with the families facing childhood cancer today, and rededicate ourselves to combating this terrible illness.” – Proclamation by President Obama in 2012

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO), childhood cancer is the number one disease killer and second overall leading cause of death of children in the United States. Annually, more than 10,000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer and approximately a quarter of them will not survive.

The ACCO has a store online where you can purchase gold ribbon lapel pins, gold ribbon stickers, car magnets, and more. All proceeds from their web store help them provide vital resources to children and families at no charge. Find the link here:

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