Day 2: The Facts
September 2nd, 2017 by Sarah Turner Davis
Press On’s Unique Mission is to identify feasible and ground-breaking alternative therapies for childhood cancers and to invest monies raised in a manner that supports the science and infrastructure needed to cure childhoodcancer within our lifetime.
We started as parents looking for solutions. We are now a group of parents who know just how important this research is, and just how underfunded it is. Here are some facts we’ve learned along the way. We hope they are just as motivating to you as they are to us!
Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer– That’s more than 700 children a day.
But childhood cancer affects more than you think, from newborn infants to young adults – It differs from cancer to cancer, but for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a case is considered “pediatric” up to age 35!
Some of the most common adult cancer treatments have been developed from childhood cancer research.
Combination chemotherapy, an extremely common course of treatment, can be traced to pediatric cancer research.
But pediatric cancer cannot be treated the same way as adult cancer.
On average, childhood cancer is diagnosed much later than adults – when it has already progressed or spread to other parts of the body. Combine late diagnosis with growing bodies, developing brains, and more life left to live, and treatments get trickier.
One in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive – Worldwide, 250 children die of pediatric cancer per day.
For those who do survive, the fight is never over.
What We’re Doing to Help
Amount raised by Press On with your support!
Grants facilitated by Press On, together with strategic partners, to pediatric cancer research centers nationwide and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta.
What You Can Do
Donate Now and tell your friends about 30 Days to Press On. Remember, all donations made during the month of September will be MATCHED by Press On, up to $250,000. Our goal is to be able to grant $500,000 to TpAML at the end of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Are you ready?
P.S. Our goals for ACTION are so audacious they literally cannot be achieved without your help. For the entire month of September, every dollar donated to Press On ~ up to $250,000! ~ will be MATCHED for Target Pediatric AML (“TpAML”), a MOONSHOT project aimed at identifying genomic targets for pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia patients so that researchers can create specific, targeted treatments. These targeted ~ and consequently less toxic ~ treatments FOR KIDS are what Press On is all about! Please, if you are comfortable doing so, take just a few minutes of your time to DONATE NOW and SHARE today’s blog post on your Facebook page, or share via personal email with friends whom you believe have the passion to help us make a difference.
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