Things I Know: About Childhood Cancer
Ellie being so sick gets me in a panic. Seeing her beautiful face so pale and drawn, watching her unable to find the energy to do much more than walk to the lounge before she is exhausted or turning around to find she’s put herself to bed again put fear in my heart. I am a worrier and therefore can’t help my imagination running away with itself and every possible worse case scenario.
There’s that question in the back of my mind; what if it’s something more?
So, for my Things I Know post today I have decided I will share the little I know about Childhood Cancer and what you can do to help;
* September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
* Frighteningly, 600 children in Australia are still diagnosed with cancer every year. 600 children suffer, on top of those already previously diagnosed
* Each week, three Aussie kids will die from cancer. Three little lives lost too soon every week
* While survival rates have risen considerably over the years, a life is a life. In fact, three out of every ten children with cancer do not survive – this is a crushing statistic
* Too many families are struggling and suffering through the heartbreak of having a child with cancer
* As a person, the word ‘cancer’ terrifies me. As a mother the words ‘childhood cancer’ feel like more than I can bear
* The Children’s Cancer Institute Australia are the only independent medical research institute in Australia dedicated to research into the causes, prevention, better treatments and ultimately a cure for childhood cancer
* The CCIA is currently running it’s Spring Appeal with a goal to raise $100,000 and they need our help to raise funds and awareness
* Knowing there is something I can do to help further research is a powerful way to ward off the freak outs
* You can find out more about how you can help on the CCIA website or the Facebook page
* Lucy’s story is touching, inspiring, tear inducing
What do you know today?
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