September is for Hearts of Gold

Fredericksburg Parent Magazine
September 2015

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and you might notice quite a few people in our area sporting bright gold ribbons in support. The statistics can seem grim. According to the American Cancer Society, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer each day, nearly 16,000 a year, with Leukemia and various types of brain tumors leading the list. New drugs for childhood cancer are rarely approved, and this group of cancers can be especially invasive and swift. Additionally, childhood cancers are underfunded, with the highest proportion at 4 percent from the National Cancer Institute; so independent groups step in to target these gaps. Most of them spend between 80 - 100 percent of their profits to fund research and outreach support for families in need.