Saturday, September 3, 2011

SEPTEMBER IS CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH!

On August 17th 2010 Skyler was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  When Skyler is finally done with treatments it will have been over 4 years.  Thats 4 years of his life that he will never get back and 4 years of his life that will take things from him that he will never get back.  He will be living with side effects from this for the rest of his life.


Many of you know that pink is the color for breast cancer.  But did you know that GOLD is the color for childhood cancer?  You see pink ribbons everywhere in the stores and on TV, but where is the GOLD?  Lets give our children a voice, wear gold.  Parents of childhood cancer victims hope that their children live long enough to some day be at risk for breast cancer.  Another cancer mom posted this and its so true.
 Breast cancer awareness supporters- Looking for a great way to gather more people to your cause? Support childhood cancer awareness. Once we find a cure, some of our kids are bound to get breast cancer. And they'll already be great at fighting cancer and bringing awareness. They'll be like the navy seals of cancer fighters. Support childhood cancer awareness to support breast cancer awareness.
By no means am I saying that we should stop supporting other cancers but I am saying that one day I want to see as much gold as I see pink.
Every year childhood cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, AND pediatric AIDS...COMBINED!! On average, 7 children die from cancer each day. That means that this month alone 210 U.S. children will die from cancer.  I have seen this first hand as some of Skylers cancer buddies have already lost their fight.

The incidence of children’s cancer has increased 0.6% each year since 1975. That’s a total of 21% in the last 36 years. Unfortunately, since the 60’s there has only been one new drug approved for use in treating childhood cancer - that was in the 80’s and it’s a drug used only for relapsed leukemia. The one thing that has changed is the dosages of the toxins that kids receive - they keep increasing (which means that the side effects increase as well.

Also Childhood Cancers are the least funded cancers.  It just doesnt seem right that our sweet innocent children that we would do anything for are getting the least amount of funds to find a cure for this devastating disease.  PLEASE help me spread the word so no child has to go through this:


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I know that if we all work together we can give these children a voice and one day find them a cure!
SUPPORT CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS

You can visit these sites for info or to donate towards childhood cancer research:
http://www.curesearch.org/ http://www.alexslemonade.org/ http://www.curechildhoodcancer.ning.com/

4 comments:

Kristin said...

Wonderful post Crystal. Your pictures speak more than any words ever could.

Jessica said...

I will wear gold for skyler and all the other children out there. I have followed your blog for quite some time...you give me strength and courage. Thank you.

Jill said...

So true Crystal until it affects your child or someone close to you, you don't hear much about it. Still keeping you guys in our prayers, Go Super Skyler!!

Shaylynn;) said...

Thinking of you and yours, as always.

Best hopes and strongest wishes,
A perfect stranger:)