Childhood Cancer Awareness Blog Entries

  1. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Join Mikey’s Way Foundation as we observe National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

    National Childhood Cancer Awareness month banner


    Every year in the United States, over 15,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with childhood cancer. The average age at diagnosis is 6 years old. Approximately one-quarter of those diagnosed will not survive the disease.

    Childhood Cancer Awareness
    At Mikey’s Way, we see every day as an opportunity to raise awareness about childhood cancer, but September is an especially unique month because it’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During this month families, researchers, advocates, communities and charities unite to raise awareness about this disease. The objective is to highlight the types of cancer that largely affect children and equally important to help raise funds for research.

    You Can Become Involved
    There is good news because – you can become involved, too! Join together with Mikey’s Way and help turn the world gold in honor of childhood cancer awareness! With this in mind, here are 7 great things that you can do.

    1. Attend CureFest 2018 at the National Mall in Washington, DC on September 15 and 16. Since 2011, thousands of people from over 44 states have come together at the annual CureFest event to unite as one voice against childhood cancer. CureFest is family-friendly and includes a rally, candlelight vigil, a walk, games, activities and live entertainment. In fact, we have a Mikey’s Way tent at CureFest. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
    2. Follow Mikey’s Way on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    3. Read our blog! The blog has inspirational stories, childhood cancer information, parent tips and updates from Mikey’s Way.
    4. Wear your support for Childhood Cancer awareness! Purchase a Mikey’s Way inspirational bracelet!
    5. Follow Mikey’s legacy of helping kids cope with cancer by donating to Mikey’s Way Foundation.
    6. To demonstrate your support, join the gold movement. For example, people across the country wear gold ribbons to symbolize Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
    7. Stay in touch! Sign up for our emails. You’ll receive updates on how to help kids cope with cancer…Mikey’s Way!
  2. The everyday challenges for pediatric cancer patients.

    Portable, Wi-Fi ready electronics help overcome challenges for pediatric cancer patients.

    A childhood cancer diagnosis and the treatment regimen that follows can be profoundly stressful, affecting all aspects of a child’s life. As a result, children and teens face enormous challenges trying to cope with the rigor, uncertainty and pain associated with long and grueling treatment. The challenges for pediatric cancer patients persist for the duration of treatment – on average about three years.  They include:

    • Isolation from friends, family and school.
    • Restrictions from their normal daily activities and social interactions including sport teams, dance classes, etc.
    • Loss of a sense of empowerment ie. not being able to make even the simplest of decisions for themselves (what to eat, what to wear, etc.)
    • Fear of an uncertain future, including the effect of treatment protocols that lie ahead.
    • Having to shuffle between treatments, doctor appointments and various medical facilities for an extended period of time, often over long distances.
    • Loss of a sense of normalcy in their lives.
    • Disruption in their normal psychosocial development.

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  3. 5 Ways to Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Go Gold for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Each September, families, caregivers, charities and research groups around the world “Go Gold” to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children and to raise awareness for childhood cancer research, treatment, patient support and survivorship issues.

    The Gold Ribbon is the international awareness symbol of Childhood Cancer.  The color gold represents how precious children are and the resiliency of childhood cancer heroes.

    At Mikey’s Way Foundation, we’re going gold to rally for all children who have fought or are fighting cancer.  You can join the movement, too!  Here are five ways you can go gold read more →