Sometimes statistics are just numbers and other times you can look at them and they hit you right in the gut. According to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer. Stop and think about that. If your child goes to a large school (1,000+ kids) like mine do, that means approximately four children in that school will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their childhood. Sucker punch.
And only 4 percent of federal funding for cancer research goes toward pediatric cancer. Another blow.
But, together we can do better.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and SHARE Charlotte is partnered with 16 organizations working hard to bring awareness and funding for pediatric cancer.
Last week we went on our monthly WBTV segment with Erin Santos, executive director of the Isabella Santos Foundation, whose mission is to raise money and awareness for Neuroblastoma research, provide financial assistance to families with children who are suffering from cancer as well as provide financial support for organizations that support children with cancer. The Isabella Santos Foundation was created in honor of Erin’s daughter, Isabella Santos, who fought Neuroblastoma for over five years.
Their 9th Annual 5K/10K For Kids Cancer is this Saturday, Sept. 24. If you haven’t signed up, consider participating! It’s fun and for a great cause.
- Addie Rising