Monday, September 19, 2011

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

In my opinion children should never get sick, there should be no such thing as Children's Hospitals and there definitely should be no such thing as childhood cancer. Unfortunately they do and there is. 

Too many children and families are affected by childhood cancer. Too many young lives are lost however the survival rates have risen to over 70% on average. However, that still means three out of ten children diagnosed with cancer do not survive. 600 children in Australia are diagnosed with cancer every year, and three Australian children die weekly from cancer. Frighteningly high numbers.
Children's Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) are the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately cures for childhood cancers. Their vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and eliminate their suffering.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with events and fundraisers happening through many different organisations throughout Australia. While CCIA do amazing research and work towards a cure for childhood cancer they can't do it alone and need support. 

CCIA are currently in the midst of their Spring Appeal where they aim to raise $100,000 which will aid research into new drugs to hopefully begin the journey to curing Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). If you'd like to and are able to donate to the Spring Appeal please do as childhood cancer could affect anyone at anytime.

You can also keep up with the CCIA on Facebook.

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