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October 2014
In this issue:
From the Director
September is over but the work is not. Our "Paint the Town Gold" campaign continues to grow. 
Even though it is difficult to acknowledge that children get cancer, they do, and we cannot turn our back on them. They need us to continue to work to provide support, encouragement, and practical hands-on assistance. For those not personally affected, we raise awareness to let you know that you can make a lasting difference in the lives of children with cancer. It truly takes a community effort because - as we always say - kids can't fight cancer alone.
We whole-heartedly thank everyone who joined our 2014 efforts and we look forward to expanding our campaign in 2015. 
In this newsletter, please see the videos and article on the psycho/social impact of a childhood cancer diagnosis. They emphasize the importance of the work we are doing and must continue to do. Thank you for being a part of our mission.
Although Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is over for another year, childhood cancer is far from over. If anything, it is more prolific - an estimated 15,760 new diagnosis in the United States each year.
Our children need us - they need us to strengthen their family as it crumbles under the weight a diagnosis brings, they need us to raise our voices that 4% of the National Cancer Institute's shrinking budget is not enough, they need us to understand and address the on-going challenges families can face years after treatment has ended, and they need us to not limit our efforts to one month a year.
Be sure to read the article in this newsletter about the psychosocial impact of childhood cancer for an in-depth insight.
Thank you to everyone who helped "Paint the Town Gold" - a variety of snapshots are included in this newsletter. ->
October brings cool weather and visions of holidays and the end of another year. Please consider our children in your end of year giving plans.
Thank you all for making a difficult world a better place. 
Mary Anne Ruddis
Christmas Adopt-A-Family Program provides much need relief
Photo credit: Lovebug Photo's
Yes - it really is that time of year again!
Last year nearly 30 families enjoyed a special holiday thanks to our caring community members and businesses who adopted a family for Christmas.
We are currently enlisting sponsors for 2014. Please email us at if you would like to be involved.
Donate Online
Click here if you would like to support our mission by making a secure on-line donation.
 Mail: American Childhood Cancer Org Inland NW
P.O. Box 8031
Spokane, WA 99203

The Psychosocial Side of Childhood Cancer
by: Laura Regester
When people think “cancer,” they typically think of things like bald heads and frail limbs – cancer’s visible side effects. But one aspect that tends to be overlooked is the psychosocial part of cancer, which refers to the psychological and social effects that it may have on the patient and his or her family. The reality of cancer is that it is a multifaceted disease that reaches into every aspect of a family’s life.
The psychosocial effects of childhood cancer range from social isolation to diagnosable anxiety, post-traumatic-stress disorder and behavioral disorders that can be manifest themselves in the patient and his or her family members. Click here to continue reading.
View "Hope is Golden" Videos
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our "Hope is Golden" talent show and luncheon. It was a memorable and moving event. Thank you to Mojo Lab for capturing the event pictures and video.
Thank you to everyone who helped "Paint the Town Gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM)
Not only were we raising awareness in the community, we also added additional events at the hospital for the kids and families during our "Paint the Town Gold" campaign.
We want to thank EVERYONE who participated this year. We are already looking to 2015 - Please let us know if you would like to be involved. View our 2014 CCAM materials for ideas on how to participate next year - or suggest a new idea!








Thank you to our brave Candle Light Vigil parent speakers, Amanda Hadlock and Sarah Brown and our  chairpersons: Tina Swanneck and Rebecca Lidenberg. Also, thank you to our host, Origin Church and pastor Redhawk Rice-Sauer.
Shout-out to Tammy Brickner for chairing CCAM 2014 again. We look forward to "Painting the Town Gold" in 2015. Please contact us at to get involved.
Thank you for Painting the Town Gold!
Brickhouse Massage and Coffee Bar
Bridle Path Brats
Downtown Spokane Partnership
Emmett Snyders Foundation
Julie Moss
KidSmile Dental
Lucky's Irish Pub
Merete Movement Carnival
Mirabeau Park Hotel
Mojo Lab
Numerica Credit Union
PF Changs
River Park Square
Spokane Firefighters
Tie-Dye Ladies
Wake-Up Call
American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest • PO Box 8031 • Spokane • WA • 99203
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