In 2012, President Barack Obama made a presidential proclamation recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Childhood Cancer Awareness month was created to not only educate people on the types of cancer that affect children but was also made to help raise funds for the families suffering from the disease, and to help research facilities.
According to, approximately 15,300 kids are diagnosed with cancer every year. That averages out to roughly 43 children a day.
Around 25% of children diagnosed with cancer will not survive the disease.
Only 4 cancer treatments have been approved for children in the last 20 years. Children’s cancer can’t be treated exactly like adult cancers, as the treatments can be toxic, affecting a child’s development and can be decades old. Currently, most of the federal funding for cancer research is used for adult cancer treatment.
There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States. Many of those survivors have lifelong damage to their organs, mental health and more. 60% of survivors also deal with infertility, heart failure, and secondary cancers.
Wearing gold ribbons, clothing, or decorating in gold is the simplest way to show your support for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
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