September Marks National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Congress and Several States Proclaim September 12 to Remember theThousands of Children, Families and Caregivers Touched by Childhood Cancer

 

August 25, 2009 (Bethesda, MD) – Recognizing this as an unprecedented time in working to eradicate childhood cancer, CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce that the U.S. Congress and governors have proclaimed September 12 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month marked by the thousands of families, survivors and caregivers touched by childhood cancer.

Until now, advances in childhood cancer have been dramatic—40 years ago cure rates were less than 10 percent; today, 78 percent overall are cured. Recognizing that there is more to be done, Congress passed a bill (Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act) that was signed by President Bush in July 2008, authorizing $150 million ($30 million each year) to expand pediatric cancer research, awareness and to create the national childhood cancer research registry.

Congress is currently engaged in determining all appropriations for FY2010, including funding levels authorized by the Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act.

“This year, 12,500 families will hear the words, ‘Your child has cancer.’ On behalf of the thousands of families, survivors, and caregivers united in our commitment to conquer childhood cancer, we applaud Congress and the states for proclaiming September 12 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day,” said Stacy Pagos Haller, Executive Director, CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation. “September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness month is an opportunity to grow our community - to let people know that they can help us find a cure and help ensure that we can reach the day when every child with cancer is guaranteed a cure.”

Despite the progress in childhood cancer research, about one in five children continues to die and cancer remains the #1 leading cause of childhood death from disease. More than 40,000 children and adolescents currently are being treated for childhood cancer.

"Each day that pediatric cancer research goes under-funded, the road to discovering new treatments and cures become longer, and more children die,” said Gregory Reaman, M.D., Chairman of the Children’s Oncology Group. Withproper funding levels – we can conquer childhood cancer.”

To ensure continued congressional support for childhood cancer research funding, the U.S. House of Representatives formed the first Pediatric Cancer Caucus—members of Congress dedicated to conquering childhood cancer. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) who serves as the Caucus Chair announced the creation of the Caucus on June 23 before more than 400 advocates at CureSearch’s Reach the Day Rally in Washington, D.C.

“Of the 12,500 children diagnosed with cancer each year, more than 2,000 of these young lives are unnecessarily lost,” said Congressman Sestak. “I retired from the U.S. Navy when my own daughter was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor. As I lived in a pediatric oncology ward, I became particularly aware of the promise that cancer research could offer for so many in this country, by allowing more patients to survive and improving their quality of life. I am honored to chair the first Pediatric Cancer Caucus. The Caucus will be fortunate to have CureSearch as a dedicated partner in fighting for the often voiceless victims of cancer of this horrible disease.”

For the second year, the “CureSearch Virtual Walk for 12,500” will unite people across the country in the fight against childhood cancer. In September, our challenge is to bring together 12,500 individuals virtually in support of the 12,500 kids who will be diagnosed each year.  

To recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, CureSearch used artwork from the CureSearch Young Artist program (kids with cancer and their siblings donate art) to create a special line of mugs, t-shirts, bumper stickers and buttons to help raise funding for childhood cancer research.

About CureSearch 

CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation supports the work of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest cooperative cancer research organization, that treats approximately 90% of all children with cancer, at more than 200 children’s and university hospitals and Cancer Centers in the U.S. Together, we are committed to conquering childhood cancer through scientific discovery and compassionate care. For more information, visit: www.curesearch.org.

 

Christine Bork
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