*Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded, only 4% of all cancer research.
*Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
*One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.
*Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide.
*Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.
*Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group; socioeconomic class; or geographic region.
*In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
*Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless sub-types.
These numbers add up to all the reasons we help kids cope with cancer.
The State of Michigan has one of the highest rates of childhood cancers in the United States.
On average 16 children out of 100,000 children 19 and younger will be diagnosed with some form of childhood cancer.
Let that sink in...
When a child has cancer it doesn't just affect that child...It affects everyone that knows that child.
From financial hardships to grief to elation of remission to hope for a cure we are all in this fight together.