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September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on Aug 29, 2013

Each year, the world makes us increasingly more aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but as a non-profit that is dedicated to supporting the families of CHILDREN with cancer, we can’t help but feel a little slighted when September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month) rolls around.

If you’re like me, you’re used to having Breast Cancer Awareness Month shoved down your throat, what with all the pink ribbons, radio announcements, and walk-a-thons going on in October. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great thing to get everyone awake and involved in the fight that is cancer, no matter what kind. But when was the last time you heard or saw ANYTHING representing childhood cancer in its designated awareness month of September? Just last week I was listening to the radio and heard a plug for Breast Cancer Awareness Month…and it’s still August. Come on! 

Maybe we push it away because it’s just too difficult to think about, but I maintain the reasoning that simply, no one knows about it (“it” being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month). The pediatric cancer community needs help, and we’re not going to get it if no one is talking about it. That being said, I think it’s up to all of us to put the spotlight on September. Here are a few things you should know:

1. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the United States.
2. The official color for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is GOLD. Rep it. 
3. Just by sharing this blog, you are increasing awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (so easy, right?).

Just a few things to keep in the back of your head as September rolls around. What are your thoughts?


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