I GO GOLD in support of CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS!
Raising AWARENESS of CHILDHOOD CANCER and the need to support the brave young heroes stricken by the disease and their families has become a passion of mine, so it is the platform that I will be promoting at the Miss Teenage Canada pageant.
Over the past 15 months I have had the opportunity to get very involved with several charities associated with childhood cancer and I have been blessed to have met several Childhood cancer champions and their families. These courageous, incredible warriors have made an impact on my life. The fact that they can go through what they do and still manage to smile and give others strength is truly remarkable.
In the coming weeks leading up to the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant, I will be presenting various perspectives of the impact that childhood cancer has on the patient and the family. I am hoping that by reading my BLOG, you will be captivated by my young heroes and you will spread the word about the need to support the charities that support these kids! If I can enlist one volunteer, or if my blog results in even one donation to a childhood cancer charity, then I will have helped to make a difference in the lives of these young warriors.
So, before I start to share my “interview series” with you, I wanted to share some startling statistics on childhood cancer that have been provided by Childhood Cancer Canada to give you some important background on the severity and critical need to bring awareness.
- In Canada, childhood cancer is rare, but remains responsible for more deaths from age one through adolescence than any other disease. In relative terms, more deaths are from cancer than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
- There are 10,000 children living with cancer in Canada today.
- Approximately 1 in 5 children who are diagnosed with cancer will die of the disease.
- Childhood cancers have no known cause, making it hard to recognize, and reduce risks of children getting cancer.
- 1 in 400 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their 19th birthday.
- On average approximately 1800 kids are diagnosed in Canada each year and about 800 will die.
- For a parent, having a child diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most difficult, emotional and overwhelming experiences they will ever face.
- Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid cancer deaths in children under the age of 20.
- Childhood cancers differ from adult cancers in: the types of cancers that develop; how the cancers appear as a sign or symptom (presentation); how the cancers spread; how the cancers are treated; how the cancers respond to treatment; and survival rates.
- The word cancer is used to describe a group of more than 200 different diseases. Each of these diseases is different, but they share common features and they develop as a result of similar disruptions in cell growth and division. There are 40 different types of childhood cancer.
- Childhood cancers tend to respond to treatment better than adult cancers, and children tolerate treatment better than adults.
- Cancer in children and youth creates a large impact on health, economic and social welfare systems. It also places a burden on the child or adolescent with cancer and their family. As more children and youth survive cancer, the need for long-term monitoring and follow-up care will continue to grow.
- An estimated two-thirds of child and youth cancer survivors will have at least one chronic or long-term side effect from their cancer therapy. Some of these late side effects may be serious or life threatening.
- Supportive care can help improve quality of life for everyone throughout the cancer experience.
These statistics bring the realization of childhood cancer to the forefront. I hope to bring my CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Blog series to a more personal level by interviewing young cancer champions, family members, childhood cancer charity organizers and childhood cancer medical professionals; People who “walk the walk” everyday! I know, through meeting these amazing individuals, that “Walking a mile in their shoes” is no easy feat!
Keep tuned in,