A few statistics on Childhood Cancer…..
Everyday 43 children are diagnosed with Cancer. 12% of those children will die. One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20. Cancer knows no ethnic group, gender or socio-economic groups. The average age for a child to be diagnosed with cancer is 6. 60% of these kids will suffer effects later in life such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers. Childhood cancer is not just one disease, it is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes. Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.
A few ways to help…..
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors in 1962, its goal then was for families to never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, housing or food, which is still their goal today. They lead the world in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer, they also create more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital. St. Jude’s freely shares these breakthroughs. Every child that is saved at St. Jude’s means doctors and scientists all over the world can use that knowledge to save more children. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital‘s daily operating cost is $2 Million dollars, 75% of the budgeted costs are covered by public contributions. St. Jude’s makes it possible to focus on what matters most, regardless of the financial situation for families. The treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall Cancer Survival Rate from 20% up to 80% in the past 50 years since they opened their doors.
For more information on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital go to https://www.stjude.org/
Locally in Perry, Florida the 3rd annual “The Great Race” 5k Run / Walk will be held on October 24th, Presented by Big Bend Track Club, Inc.. The event will raise money to help a child / children in the community who are fighting life-threatening illness like cancer. The money raised will help families with the cost of treatments like chemotherapy, travel expenses and other medical costs. The Big Bend Track club is working with doctors within the community to determine who is in need of these funds the most.
For more information on this event go to http://www.bigbendtrackclub.org/#!the-great-race/eqt4d
Another event that’s local for us here at Nature Bridges is The Belt Buckle Ball. The event is hosted by the Children’s Miracle Network at Shand’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. The Belt Buckle Ball will be held in Tallahassee, Florida on Nov. 6, 2015 at The Farm Equestrian Center. The community will put on their biggest belt buckles, and enjoy music, funny-money poker, bull riding and games. Guests will be raising funds toward patient and family support at Shand’s Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $75 each, you can become a sponsor at many different levels.
For more information on this event and to get your ticket or become a sponsor go to https://events.giving.ufhealth.org/bbb