Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What if this were your child?

I just came across this on a blog that I follow and felt the urge to pass this on. What if this were your child? I signed it. So should you.

America must increase childhood cancer research funding and raise awareness of childhood cancer - the #1 killer disease of our children!

By signing you support these goals:

#1 - Increased government funding for medical research specific to childhood cancer

#2 - Full funding of the Carolyn Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act and,

#3 - "Kids Cancer Aid" - a major media event/concert or TV Special to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer.

Did you know:

#1 - Childhood cancer is the #1 killer disease of our children, more than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined?

#2 - 1 in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20?

#3 - Each year 3,000 children die and 40,000 are in treatment.

#4 - The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer 7%; while all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined less than 3%!

#5 - Childhood cancer has a huge societal impact - 180,000 potential years of life are lost to it EVERY year! And 60% of survivors face long term health issues!

You can make a difference. You can help. Please sign and pass it on.

Read more on Childhood Cancer and join People Against Childhood Cancer (PAC2) - our advocacy community dedicated to raising awareness and funding.