Cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. It’s the second overall killer behind accidents. Approximately 12,700 new cases of pediatric cancer were diagnosed in children 0-20 years of age in 2008. The peak of childhood cancer incidence ravages infants to 5-year-olds, barely starting their lives. Unfortunately, cancer among children is not one disease type. there are 25 different types to research and treat. Each type has its own set of challenges.
The constant obstacles to improving survival rates are time and money. For children with cancer, time is never on their side. Money for research is as precious as blood. Less than 2% of federal funding for cancer research is directed toward solving cancers that afflict children. This inequitable situation challenges not only the affected children and their families, but the humanity in all of us. A monster is one thing. An unfair fight is another.