September is the official month for Childhood Cancer Awareness. We are going gold for the month of September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness. Cancer affects all! It does not discriminate! Yes, that means the beautiful most innocent of precious souls are inflicted with the disease. As much as we would like to not think about our little ones getting sick, it is so important to recognize that it does happen. Not only does it happen, it is very prevalent. From the American Childhood Cancer Organization:
Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday. In 1998, about 2500 died of cancer, thus making cancer the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in America.
Aren’t these statistics alarming? They scare the heck out of us as mothers! Something has to change. We must focus on our children and find better ways to treat this disease. Ways that do not cause more harm to their already frail bodies. Please do not brush this issue under the rug because it is too hard to recognize. What about the child who is being poked everyday and having poison dripped into their body as the only option to kill this horrible monster? What about the parents who are forced to hold their screaming children down as terribly painful procedures are done? And what about the parents who have already suffered the worst, a loss at the hands of this horrible disease? They can’t simply brush the pain under the rug.
Please spread the word. Help to get people motivated to fight for a change and a cure.
Children are our best chance at a brighter future, lets ensure that they have one.