"Niall do you know any jokes? It’s either that or get naked", Houston TX 8/22/14
Niall talking to the little girl who broke her arm - 8/30
this is so important you don’t even know
**gets off soapbox for the year**
It was bothering me that nobody had a childhood cancer awareness blog sticker thing. September is childhood cancer awareness month, so I went ahead and made one myself, as well as one for the Ronan Thompson Foundation.
codes here — if pastebin is unavailable in your country, shoot me a message. also, if theres an organization I should make a sticker for, you can shoot me another message, I’ll make it and add it here.
Don’t know why this is such a big deal? Here’s the big numbers.
Sorry it’s not under a read more, but I want you to read this.
- Every day, 46 children in the United States are diagnosed with a form of cancer. Of those 46, 7 will pass away. Every. Day. (The well known “46/7” statistic.)
- Cancer is the #1 disease related cause of death in children under 15, yet the National Cancer Institute only spends around 4% of their annual budget toward all childhood cancers across the board.
- On the past 20 years, only 2 drugs have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of childhood cancers. Other drugs used were first approved and studied for adult cancers. (Childhood cancers are a completely different animal from adult cancers.)
- The 5 year survival rate for childhood cancers are approximately 80%, depending on the cancer and various other factors, but about 2/3 of survivors will develop medical conditions and/or secondary cancers later in life as a result of the treatment they receive.
(via thetruth265.org and acco.org —plenty more information available at both sources, if I kept going we’d be here for days)
Despite all of this, the general public is largely unaware of how large of a problem childhood cancer is.
Hopefully, at least one person read this far down and learned a little something.