Raise Childhood Cancer Awareness
Each day 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, over 2,300 children with cancer die each year. On April 11th 2015 our daughter died because of cancer. I will never say our daughter lost her battle to cancer. Because you can't lose at something if you have no choice in the outcome. The fact is only 4% of the funding goes into childhood cancer research. Cancer kills more children than any other disease, more than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes and Pediatric AIDS combined. Given the fact a lot of the treatments are out of date, have horrible side effects and don't produce great results. You would think that more funding towards research would have already been done. But that's not the case. That's why you see countless sites like this one raising awareness for childhood cancer and the lack of funding for research.
There is not a parent alive who wants to hear the words "Your child has cancer". The only thing worse than those words is hearing the treatment protocol has no chance to save your daughters life. I hope there is a day that no other child has to face what Stephaine and our family did. That day has no chance at happening unless we raise more awareness for the lack of funding that goes into childhood cancer research. What we do know is kids deserve more than 4 and they deserve happy endings. Doctors, care teams and the children need better weapons to battle cancer. In a case like ours we were told that Stephaine needed a miracle. The problem is no matter how long a doctor goes to school. They will never be able to prescribe a miracle. So let's give them something that works. That begins with more than 4 !
Until there are better treatments. We also need to raise awareness for early detection.
Cancer can be hard to detect in children. Children with cancer may experience the following symptoms or signs. Sometimes, children with cancer do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer.
Many of the symptoms can be described using an acronym provided by The Pediatric Oncology Resource Center.
Continued, unexplained weight loss
Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
Increased swelling or persistent pain in the bones, joints, back, or legs
Lump or mass, especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpits
Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash
Constant, frequent, or persistent infections
A whitish color behind the pupil
Nausea that persists or vomiting without nausea
Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
Eye or vision changes that occur suddenly and persist
Recurring or persistent fevers of unknown origin
If you are concerned about one or more of the symptoms or signs on this list, please talk with your child’s doctor.
For more info on early detection signs and symptoms click here.
For more info please visit Cancer.net