Friday’s Photo Finish: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I know that people don’t want to sit and think about all the adorable, wonderful, beautiful children that are in hospitals struggling and fighting against cancer.

Those aren’t fun thoughts to have. No one wants children to have cancer, no one wants to see children in pain. Or think of them dying.

They want kids to be running, playing, laughing and dancing.

But the truth of the matter is children ARE struggling with and fighting cancer. Children are in hospitals instead of on the playground. They are quarantined so they don’t get sick due to decreased immunity instead of sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table with their family. They are getting a slew of medical tests instead of going to school with their friends.

Too many of them die. Harsh? Yes. Reality? Unfortunately, yes.

There is not enough funding for pediatric cancers- less than 4% of funding dollars are put towards pediatric cancer research.

Less than 4%. For children.

Pediatric cancers are rare. So rare, in fact, that if a cure was found for these childhood cancers it could be the cure for ALL cancers.

It would make sense to put big bucks towards these cancers, right?

The thing is, since they are so rare, many people aren’t aware of them, so they don’t know where to donate.

This is where I can steer you in the right direction.

My nephew died of DIPG- Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma. Basically it is an inoperable tumor on the brain stem.

Terminal upon diagnosis. Typical prognosis: 1year-18 months.

Evan died one year to the day of his diagnosis.

No one should ever need to hear those stats for their child.

Evan’s family is working hard to try and make sure that doesn’t happen to other families.

If you go to www.evanscrew.org, you can learn how to donate to the Evan T. Mandeville DIPG Research Foundation set up at Dana Farber’s Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.

100% of money raised by Evan’s Crew goes towards DIPG research.

Cancer sucks.

Happy, healthy kids are awesome.

Help make sure all kids have a happy, healthy childhood.

CLICK HERE to donate to Evan’s Crew and kick DIPG’s ass.

 

Have a great crazy day!

 

 

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