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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) is recognized every September by childhood cancer organizations around the world, including CCC!

With a goal to increase awareness and raise funds for those affected by childhood cancer, CCC encourages you to Go Gold® during September in honor and in memory of kids with cancer.

To help achieve that goal, please learn and share these childhood cancer facts:

  • Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.
  • 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday.
  • In the U.S., 47 children per day or 17,155 children per year are diagnosed with cancer.
  • The average age of diagnosis is 6 years old, compared to 66 years for adults’ cancer diagnosis.
  • 2/3 of childhood cancer patients will have chronic health conditions as a result of their treatment toxicity, with 1/4 being classified as severe to life-threatening.
  • In the last 20 years, only four new drugs have been approved by the FDA to specifically treat childhood cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute recognizes the unique research needs of childhood cancer and the associated need for increased funding to carry this out.
  • Learn more from the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

There are many other ways to Go Gold as well! Here are a few ideas:

  • Businesses
    • Donate a portion of sales or tips from a specific product to CCC or a similar organization.
    • Schedule a jeans or casual wear day for employees who donate to CCC or a similar organization.
    • Sponsor of join us for Go Gold & Golf on Friday, Sept. 16
  • Schools
    • Display a gold ribbon.
    • Schedule a "Go Gold" dress up day during school or at a sporting event to raise funds and awareness!
  • Individuals
    • Volunteer with a childhood cancer organization. See CCC opportunities here.
    • Join us for Go Gold & Golf on Friday, Sept. 16
    • Share our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month social media posts during September.
    • Donate to CCC so we may continue providing support to Iowa families affected by childhood cancer!
  • Communities
    • Light up a facility or landmark gold for CCAM.
    • Issue a mayoral proclamation. (To request one from your city, download a template and submit to your city hall/website.)

Learn more about a couple other local childhood cancer-related organizations:

And, join Kid Cancer Crushers on Sunday, Sept. 18 for Party at the Park in Waukee; half of the proceeds will go to Children's Cancer Connection.