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