Pediatric cancer affects thousands of young Americans each year. It is the leading cause of disease-related death for children, and this year, more than 10,000 of our Nation's youth will be diagnosed with this tragic disease. Every September, America honors all those who have been affected by this life-threatening illness: young girls and boys whose childhoods have been cut short, the loved ones who know the pain pediatric cancer causes, and the communities across our country that rally to support their friends and neighbors during difficult times. As a Nation, we come together to stand with those who have experienced devastating loss, and we renew our commitment to advance research, improve treatment, and ensure a brighter, healthier future for all young Americans.
I follow several children and their families that are fighting this horrible disease on Facebook and there are lots of ways you can help:
1) The Keys Program: This is one of my favorite charities. They bring smiles to children battling a life threatening illness through MUSIC. We all know how music can affect our moods - its a proven fact. Well think about bringing a smile, joy or even transporting a child to a happy place in their mind through music. It doesn't hurt that the music is usually delivered along with a NEW snuggle friend! For as little as $20 you can bring a smile to a child's face or perhaps donate a NEW stuffed animal...To find out more about The Keys Program please visit the website at: http://www.thekeysprogram.org/
2) Julian's Joust: Julian was a 10 year old boy who battled Stage IV Neuroblastoma. He had been fighting for his life since August 4th, 2011. He was such a courageous little boy and always put others before himself. During Julian's many visit to the Children's hospital of Philadelphia aka CHOP. His favorite part was the treasure box at clinic. During the last few visits, it was always empty. This made Julian sad but determined to fill it. He would set aside toys purchased for him and collect happy meal toys and bring them in when we went and place them in the box. Sadly, Julian lost his battle against Neuroblastoma on August 8th, 2015 without ever filling the box. To honor him this month, his parents, family and friends want to fill his treasure box and donate it to CHOP. You can mail your toys and gifts to: Sharon Riches, 9 Verona Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053 or to make a monetary donation go here: http://chop.donordrive.com/team/5730
3) Chase Away Leukemia: Chase Foley born 9/5/2011, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at 1 month old. Please share your strength and support for Chase! ALL is the most common type of childhood cancer, accounting for 35 percent of all cancers in children. Each year, there are about 2,900 new cases of children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL in the United States alone. Join in Chase's Fight by making a donation here: http://www.deletebloodcancer.org/en
4) Kane Kick's Cancer: Kane is a very special 7 year old boy. He loves to play xbox, ride bikes, and swim. He loves to watch and play sports. August 26, 2014 he was diagnosed with Stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer. Neuroblastoma is a rare cancer of the sympathetic nervous system — a nerve network that carries messages from the brain throughout the body. Want to help Kane Kick Cancer with Cuddle Bear? We've teamed up with Chrystal and Usborne Books and More for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month to bring Cuddle Bear book bundles to the children on the 3rd floor cancer unit at Penn State Hershey Hospital. Cuddle bear is a sweet little bear that spreads the message that everyone needs a hug sometimes. These books and bears are sure to bring a smile to the children's faces. Kane and Shannon plan on delivering the bundles to the children in a few weeks when Kane goes back in for a week. We want a bundle for EVERY child in the unit! That's 60 bundles! That's why we need YOU! Use this link to purchase cuddle bear bundles to be donated. You'll also get free shipping by choosing the SHIP WITH ORGANIZATION option at checkout! You'll get free shipping and books will ship all together to Shannon once the link closes in just 48 hours!! A portion of sales will go the Scott Carter Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research! Usborne will match sales by 50% when orders reach $500 (that's only 20 bundles!!) Let's make this happen! I can't think of a better way to celebrate nearing the end of Kane's treatment than helping to bring a smile to many children's faces as they continue their own fight against cancer!https://n4712.myubam.com/131461
5) Capes4Heros: They make and personalize superhero capes for kids with disabilities, kids with life threatening illnesses and kids who just need to feel empowered. They hope the capes give these deserving kids an extra boost of strength and courage and make them feel like the superheroes they truly are! Capes4Heroes will be kicking off their second annual East Coast Cape Crusade in the spring of 2016. They will go on a 10 city tour. At each location there will be a two hour event held for in-house children and families at the Ronald McDonald House and their respective Children’s Hospitals. There will be sweet treats to enjoy, balloons, fun activities and pictures. Plus, there will be visits from a few well known Super Heroes to celebrate with the children, including Spider Man, Bat Man, Wonder Woman and Super Man! Please consider supporting our mission of providing hero capes to children who are battling a life threatening illness or a disability. By making a tax deductible sponsorship or donation, you will be helping to recognize the super-human strength in these children. Your gift will encourage them to be strong in their fight. http://capes4heroes.com/
These are just a few of the organizations out there and stories of children from our area, but it affects children and families all over the world. You can find out more by googling Childhood Cancer Awareness. Let's join their fight!