1. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death in disease among children under 19 years old.
2. Studies conducted by the World Health Organization find that approximately 300,000 children, from infancy to 19 years of age, are diagnosed with cancer globally.
3. One in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
Upon diagnosis, 80% of children with cancer experience a significant spread to other areas of their body.
4. The majority of childhood cancer survivors experience serious, lifelong side effects. These include organ damage in need of transplant, seizure disorders and secondary treatment-related cancers.
5. Childhood cancer is treated with drugs developed specifically for adult cancers. In the last 20 years, only 4 drugs have been developed, tested and FDA approved.
When Congress passes the U.S. annual federal budget, they allot approximately 5 billion dollars toward all cancer research. 96% is channeled to adult cancer research. %4 is channeled to childhood cancer research.
6. 50% of parents and caregivers suffer damaging financial loss and even bankruptcy due to the life altering and demanding journey of caring for their critically ill child.
7. Childhood cancer can affect any child and family. It spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region.