Friday, December 2, 2011

Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is much more common than what most people think. Did you know that, according to Childhood Cancer Canada, "there are about 10,000 children living in Canada with cancer. Childhood cancer remains responsible for more deaths from one year through adolescence than any other disease; more deaths than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined." 


I think that those statistics are sickening. Children shouldn't have to think or worry about their WBC levels,  low immune systems, their next chemo or radiation appointment, cancer markers, losing their hair, or in some cases death. 


This video puts a face to childhood cancers.  

When we were going through our journey with Bronson, and his diagnosis of Stage 4S Bilateral Adrenal Neuroblastoma with metastases to his liver, we were introduced to a lot of different resources that help families with childhood cancer. If you or anyone you know has a child with cancer please encourage them to find local organizations that help families with childhood cancer. 


Childhood cancer doesn't just affect the child, it affects the entire family. 


Resources:
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
Childhood Cancer Canada
The Canadian Cancer Society
Neuroblastoma Canada
The James Fund for Neuroblastoma Research
The Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto





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