Every September is recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Each year during this month, the childhood cancer community stands united in the effort to bring attention to the significant needs of the children whose lives have been turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis. During this time, we join our voices together to loudly raise awareness for the need for increased research and a stronger focus on drug development for childhood cancer patients. This is especially true in the sarcoma community as, sadly, sarcoma is rather prevalent in children, comprising about 15 percent of all childhood cancers. And while we make advocating for childhood sarcoma patients a priority each and every day of the year, the SFA joins with the rest of the childhood cancer community during September to show the world that much, much more must be done to find new, less toxic, more effective treatments – and ultimately cures – for the cancers that devastate the lives of far too many children and their families.
Here are just a few of the ways that the SFA is bringing attention to the needs of those touched by childhood sarcoma.
During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the SFA will be highlighting the stories of children that have battled or are currently battling childhood sarcoma. Instead of posting our usual “Wednesday Warrior” stories, we will be sharing the stories of our “September Warriors.” These stories will be shared multiple times each week. If you know a courageous child that has had to face a sarcoma diagnosis, you can submit their story here.
5th Annual Childhood Cancer Caucus Summit
On September 19, the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, co-chaired by Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), will host the 5th Annual Childhood Cancer Summit. Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, will be the keynote speaker. The event runs from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and will be held in Congressional Auditorium in the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center. The SFA will be in attendance and we hope that you can join us there as this event is open to the public.
CureFest for Childhood Cancer
CureFest for Childhood Cancer 2014 will be held on Sunday, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Held during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, CureFest for Childhood Cancer’s mission is to unite the childhood cancer community and the general public as one voice against childhood cancer and to make childhood cancer a national priority. The festival features speakers, exhibitors, live entertainment, and activities for all ages. The Sarcoma Foundation of America is honored to be a Pewter Sponsor for the CureFest event this year.
The events this year include a walk on the National Mall. The CureFest Walk is a 5k walk from the Capitol to the Washington Monument and back that will begin around 9:45 a.m. Registration is required. Register today to support the Sarcoma Foundation of America.
Registration fee: $20.00 (50% off for families with a child with cancer). Children 5 and under are free. The fee covers the walk and includes a free t-shirt and medals for cancer fighters, survivors and siblings. Registration ends September 16, 2014, at 11:59 pm EDT.
You can help us continue this fight by making a donation to the SFA in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Click here to learn more about how you can help.