And you know what that means!!
This month we are going gold, here on my blog, on my Facebook page, in our family - we are going to talk about it. We are going to raise awareness. We are going to ask the hard questions. We are going to celebrate the survivors, remember the angels, and pray for those still fighting. And we hope that you'll join us, because these kids can't do it alone.
~ Every school day 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. This is equivalent to about two classrooms. Five years ago, my daughter was one of those 46.
~ One out of every five children diagnosed WILL die. That's over 3,000 children every year.
~ Right now, there are between 30-40,000 children undergoing treatment for cancer in the United States alone.
~ Childhood cancer is the number 1 disease killer of children.
~ Three out of every five children diagnosed with cancer will suffer from long term or late onset side effects - one of these can be subsequent cancers.
~ When a child or young adult gets cancer, it affects them differently than it does an adult. The chemo and/or radiation they go through can impact puberty, development, learning, and as a result can have greater long term affects.
~ The cause of most childhood cancers are unknown and cannot be prevented. (Most adult cancers result from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, occupation and exposure to other cancer-causing agents.)
~ On average, one in every four elementary schools has a student with cancer.
~ On average, every high school in America has two students who are a current or former cancer patient.
~ Right now, this second, there are 7 children fighting for their lives who won't make it through the day...
Who do YOU wear gold for??