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ALARMING

The facts remind us why we must keep pushing.

Cancer kills more children than any other disease. This is why accelerating research is so vital. But there are so many other reasons to increase funding. Take a moment and absorb these critical facts:

  • The incidence of childhood cancer is on the rise, with an overall increase of 24% over the last 40 years.
  • Nearly 16,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every year.
  • The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown.
  • At the present time, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.
  • Fewer than 5 drugs have been developed specifically for children with cancer since 1980, compared to hundreds of drugs developed specifically for adults.
  • For many childhood cancers, the same treatments from the 1970s continue with no changes or improvements.
  • Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's research budget is aimed at solving childhood cancers.
  • On average, pediatric hospitalizations for cancer cost almost 5 times as much as hospitalizations for other pediatric conditions.

Life will never be easy for Kennedy. She amazes her doctors.

"One doctor told me Kennedy inspires him and makes him want to help other children. She is a sign of hope. We celebrate her survival every day," said Kennedy's Mom.

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