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3 Ways to Support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know?

· Last year, over 10,000 children were diagnosed with cancer that’s about 29 kids every day.

· Every day about 4 kids under age 15 will die of cancer.

· The vast majority of kids who do survive will suffer long-term side effects.

· Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death (following accidents) in children ages 5 – 14.

As a community, how may we come together and take action to support families, caregivers, charities, and research and change the future for the next generation of children diagnosed with cancer?

Here’s what you can do this September to make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer:

Donate to a charity. Alex’s Lemonade Stand - Per their web site, their mission is to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures, and to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer. This charity was founded by Alex herself who was diagnosed with a brain tumor before she was 1 year old. Alex passed away in 2004 at the age of 8, but she raised more than 1 million dollars to help find a cure for her disease.

Host an event. American Childhood Cancer Organization – ACCO unites childhood cancer advocates across the country by highlighting individual stories through their Gold Ribbon Heroes Program and by registering and facilitating awareness events and fundraisers at schools and businesses. A simple event idea is PJammin for kids with Cancer. Participants pay a minimum of $1 to wear pajamas in honor of kids with cancer.

Create a card. Here at Rallyhood, we are calling all artists to spread a little joy in the life of a survivor. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are donating inspirational cards to young fighters at Austin area hospitals—and we want to feature YOUR artwork. This is welcome to everyone and submissions are due by 9/15. Read more about #KidCancerCards here.

I hope this September you may take action for these young cancer survivors and build awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, donate, host an event, create a card and share some love.

#DoGoodToday

Special Thanks Artist card contribution: Diana Wai Ying Ng