I was searching for more facts, more statistics, more research, more resources – when I came across this article from Huffington Post:
Below is a recap of the 8 brutal truths as well as my own personal opinions on it. Please visit the original post for more information.
1. One children’s cancer drug has been OK’d in 20 years, while 23 have been OK’d for adults in one year.
All I have to say to that – disgusting.
It upsets me so much that 8 days into the month of September, all I have seen and heard is pink for breast cancer.
PEOPLE! PINK IS OCTOBER! WHERE IS THE GOLD FOR THE KIDS!? SEPTEMBER IS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS.
2. Targeted therapies target the adult market
Again, we’re just thinking of the adults. What about the kids – the kids of our future?
3. Kids get 4 percent of cancer funding
This statistic keeps popping up. In all the research I keep finding to share with you – this is always seen.
4. Scientists are still stumped over what causes cancer in kids
5. ‘Official sponsor of birthdays’ short shrifts kids
Essentially, it is being pointed out that The American Cancer Society – the 7th largest non-proft in that nation – allows donations to be routed to “where it’s needed most” but doesn’t give the option for childhood cancers.
6. Survival rates stagnate for decades in some childhood cancers
While other cancer death rates decrease, it is not so with many types of childhood cancer.
7. The “cure” is more likely to kill kids than adults
Plain and simple. Let’s quick go over this no-brainer.
Do you give your 6 month old – your 5 year old – your 7 year old – the same dosing of Tylenol that you, yourself, take? I’d venture to guess probably not. So why should children be given the same treatment as an adult when it comes to cancer?
8. Shady charities reap rich rewards from children’s cancers
Unfortunately, this is with every “cause” and “charity”. You will always find those that are trying to defraud the people. I would like to say that the foundations I have been provided have been cross referenced with a few different organizations and deemed legit (that was my one of my two criteria for being able to provide to my readers – that and that they focus on childhood cancer).
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Who We Are
American Childhood Cancer Organization ( ACCO ) began in 1970 by a group of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. They came together to lobby for more research, and to support each other through the diagnosis and treatment of this life threatening disease at a time when very few children survived. Today, ACCO is one of the largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families. We are strong advocates for our families in Washington D.C., we produce the highest quality materials on childhood cancer, and we have over 40 local affiliate organizations across the country providing direct services to the families in their communities.