September first begins the fast and fierce 30 days of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. We, the childhood cancer community, have been furiously preparing for these brief 30 days. During this 30 day period, we will be advocating our buns off to the public at large.
A few facts from St Baldrick’s Foundation:
- More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.
- Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer.
- Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes.
- Donate whole blood, platelets, blood products. Our kids need a lot of transfusions to keep them alive.
- Find your local group of American Childhood Cancer Organization. They support families of kids diagnosed with cancer. Hold a Pedi-CURE event.
- Hold a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
- Donate art supplies, new toys, itunes gift cards, gift certificates for local quick serve restaurants, books, bright pillow cases, etc to your local hospital that treats kids.
- Hold a bake sale to benefit Cookies For Kids Cancer!
- Amazing things are happening in the world of childhood cancer research. Watch this video and be amazed.
- Create-A-Pepper at Chili’s Restaurants. Proceeds benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital.
- SPEAK UP for kids’ cancer. Tell YOUR congress members to support the STAR Act.
- Ever wanted to try being bald? Shave your noggin and raise fund for life saving research via St Baldrick’s Foundation. The largest private funder of childhood cancer research in the US. Not ready to channel Sinead O’Connor? Do what you want!
- Read and absorb the stories shared over at Mary Tyler Mom‘s blog. Daily entries from parents of kids diagnosed with cancer, through September. While you are there, be sure to absorb her daughter Donna’s story, too. ❤
- Research your charity dollars, just like you would your retail dollars. Know where your donations are spent when supporting the ‘big’ cancer foundations. You will be surprised.
- Sponsor a child diagnosed with cancer to THRIVE through Max Love Project’s Thrive Initiative. MaxLoveProject is doing amazing things for the nutritional well being of our kids.
- Sponsor a kiddo through Gamerosity. My friend and founder Manny knows what it is like to spend endless hours/weeks/months isolated and inpatient. iPads are magical coping tools for our kids and families. Like them on Facebook, too.
- Your local Ronald McDonald House needs toiletries, groceries, cleaning supplies and kitchen basics. During your next Costco trip, pick up a box or two and drop it by.
- Are you an athlete or aspire to exercise more? Run for kids with cancer with Rally Foundation!
- Sponsor a pair of Peach’s Neet Feet for a childhood cancer kiddo. THE grooviest kicks anywhere! Don’t forget to ‘like’ them on Facebook, too. Madison and her team will blow you away with their heArt.
- Did number 9 and your noggin is chilly? Grab a fabulous head cover over at Max Love Brand. The same folks who help kids THRIVE, up at number 12.
- Get to know 46 Mommas Shave for The Brave. Hair grows back. Kids don’t.
- Support the silent and often left behind SuperSibs.
- Hold a P’Jammin for Kids event! PJs at your kids’ school! PJs at work, even better! Supports ACCO families like mine.
- In memory of the children who have died, take a moment and reach out to a friend who has lost a child. Does not matter the nature of the death. Speak their child’s name, share a memory and REMEMBER that their child LIVED.
- Take the B+ Foundation’s survey and find out how much you really know about childhood cancer.
- Know the facts about childhood cancer.
- Understand that survivors face their own unique post treatment issues. One is never ‘done’ with childhood cancer.
- Wear a GOLD ribbon. Share what it represents.
- Donate airline mileage points to Make-A-Wish.
- Get swabbed. Save a life. YOU could be a potential bone marrow match for a kiddo’s family, desperately waiting for a glimmer of hope.
- Know someone in treatment? Mow a lawn, provide a meal, do some laundry, offer to take care of a sibling, reach out. Make a phone call, send an email, drop a text. They are isolated and it hurts.
- Support The Goodtimes Project. The American Cancer Society has de-funded their camps for kids diagnosed with cancer. These camps must continue. ‘Like’ them on Facebook.
- Share this list. Far and wide. We, the childhood cancer community, will not quit. Cancer doesn’t care, cancer doesn’t discriminate. Remember: The only risk for childhood cancer is being a kid. Kids cannot advocate for themselves. WE must be their voice.
Feeling overwhelmed? That’s okay. Need some help navigating something you would like to get involved with? Drop me a line (firstname.lastname@example.org), friend me on Facebook. I will gladly help you in any way I can.
Would you like to KISS it and simply make a donation? I fundraise for childhood research, seeking less-toxic and curative treatments for our kids. I do this every year, in memory of those no longer with us, in honor of survivors like my Gregory, and in defense of kids not yet diagnosed. Any and all contributions are deeply appreciated.
Drop me a comment below letting everyone know what you are doing to support families like mine. This list is far from complete.
To quote St Baldrick’s Foundation:
Updated: August 25, 2015 ❤