childhood cancer awareness month
EVERY YEAR, MORE PARENTS ARE FORCED
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Michelle Love is the president and founder of the Stand Firm Warrior Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Their mission is to fight childhood cancer by providing support to pediatric cancer initiatives focused on complementary and alternative treatments to chemotherapy; to continue to further the push for awareness of childhood cancer; and to provide assistance to families with children battling the disease.
into confronting something they never thought would be a part of their lives – childhood cancer. In 2012, I was one of those parents. At the age of 11, my normally healthy, athletic, breast-fed, fruit and veggie-eating son was diagnosed with the most curable and most common type of childhood cancer. We were immediately thrust into a world of uncertainty, that came with a whole new vocabulary, and with terrifying thoughts and concerns. Two and a half years into his treatment, the cancer relapsed and ten months later, he passed away, just two days after his 15th birthday.
Childhood cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease among children up to 19 years old, and 35 percent of children diagnosed with cancer will die within 30 years. Approximately 17 percent, or 1 in 5, die within five years of initial diagnosis. For survivors, more than 95 percent are plagued with significant health-related problems by the time they are 45 years old. This is why it is so important for less-toxic treatments to be researched. Many hospitals across the country, including Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, are evolving to include alternative and adjunct therapies, such as Reiki, music and art therapies, acupuncture, massage, and targeted nutrition as a way to support the child’s overall health during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In 2013, there were nearly 390,000 childhood cancer survivors, but that number is expected to grow to more than 500,000 by next year. The incidence of childhood cancer has seen an overall increase of 24 percent over the last 40 years. Even with this continued increase in new cases each year, the National Cancer Institute -the federal department of government that funds cancer research -only spent an average of 3.94 percent from 2007-2016 on studies focused on pediatric cancer. Because of this disparity in funding, non-profit organizations have stepped up to fill the gap and make a difference for our children for generations to come. Foundations like CureSearch and Alex’s Lemonade Stand directly fund childhood cancer research projects and are responsible for helping to bring new options to the table. Often, parents who have accompanied their child through the world of cancer are the light-bearers for the ones who follow behind them. There are many non-profit organizations that were born from the pain of the childhood cancer journey, including child loss, because parents know all too well that nothing will change without them leading the charge. I invite you to join the fight for our children and their future. w
*Data from www.cac2.org/childhood-cancer-fact-library-2018/ **CureSearch.org ***AlexsLemonade.org
September 2019 Lake Norman Woman Magazine