September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a time to shine the light on the realities of childhood cancer, emphasize the importance of life-saving research, and join together to make a difference for children diagnosed. The situation is urgent – incidence rates are rising, and cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children. That’s why CURE invests millions in critical research that will lead to safer and more effective cures for kids, and there are many ways you can help this month.

Every day in September we share inspirational stories of beautiful children whose families have joined with us to make a difference. You can read, share, and become a part of their efforts through CURE’s Kids. You can also start a Facebook Fundraiser for CURE, collect change in a Coins4CURE coin drive, decorate your mailbox with a gold bow, or proudly wear our September t-shirt.

Start planning today and join us in the fight for children with cancer in 2022!

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

The goal of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to shine a light on the issues and difficulties children face at diagnosis. President Barack Obama made the first proclamation in 2012 which created National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and made September a national health initiative. Since that time, charities, research organizations, state and local governments, and families affected by the disease have joined the effort to increase awareness of pediatric cancer and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.

Why is gold the color?

Gold symbolizes a precious metal of the highest worth. There is nothing more precious and valuable than our children, so gold is the perfect color to represent childhood cancer awareness.

The gold ribbon is the symbol of childhood cancer awareness and can be found in the design of many things available for purchase in the CURE store. Our gold ribbon necklace, gold ribbon lapel pin, or gold embroidered hat are the perfect ways to wear the cause.

What are the issues of childhood cancer?

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. If we believe that our children are as precious as gold, that fact alone should be a motivator to act. But today, research for pediatric cancer lags decades behind adult research and the U.S. government allocates less than 4% of its research funding to cancers that affect children. This is where CURE comes in. CURE funds life-saving research that will impact the children not surviving today’s treatments and we are making a difference in the fight.

What can I do to help?

A problem as big as childhood cancer often feels overwhelming, but every little bit helps. The first thing you can do is share the need with someone else – make them aware. Awareness is a great thing, but of little value without action. This page is full of ways you can help children fighting cancer: Support a business that is supporting CURE, buy a gold bow for your mailbox, hold a fundraiser, sign up for Coins4CURE, the possibilities are endless and only limited by your imagination.

Who can I contact with questions?

If you have an idea for a fundraiser or a question, please feel free to reach out to Kristen Rudio at [email protected].

Would you like to join us in our important work by partnering with us for the entire month, hosting a fundraiser, or holding a Gold-Out Game? It’s never too early to start planning a September fundraiser. CURE’s commitment to our community is to help you publicize your event to maximize its impact. If you would like more information or have an idea you would like to pursue, please contact us through the form below:

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