September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
Please take time to read some of the statistics regarding Childhood Cancer. Katie Cares will attempt to bring awareness this month. Katie Cares is actively helping families who are affected by this horrible disease. Children who are admitted into hospital receive a Katie Cares bag filled with distractions. Each bag has an important component a Teddy Bear. The Teddy Bear provides comfort in a stressful time. Children who are diagnosed with a serious diagnosis also receive a quilt or an IPAD depending on the age of the child. The following statistics are from the Canadian Cancer Society.
Childhood cancer is relatively uncommon. However, it remains the most common disease-related cause of death – more than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined. It is second only to injury-related deaths among Canadian children.
- Each year 1600 children will be diagnosed with Cancer in Canada. 1 in 5 will not survive.
- By age 45 more than 95% of Childhood Cancer Survivors will have a chronic health problem. 80% will have severe or life threatening conditions.
- Childhood Cancer is drastically under funded receiving only 3% of federal government funding 2006- 2013.
- World wide a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes.