Cancer Info & Resources

Childhood cancer facts

1.  In the United States, an estimated 10,380 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among children from birth to 14 years. An additional 5400 adolescents between 15 and 19 will be diagnosed.  Approximately 1 in 285 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer.  That is 43 each day.
2.  The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6.
3.  In Arizona, 350 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year.
4.  On average, a treatment for childhood cancer diagnosis is 2 1/2 years.
5. Up to 35% of the parents’ income could go toward cancer-related costs that are not direct medical bills.
6.  According to the National Cancer Institute, roughly $29.4 billion dollars has been spent on cancer research in the 6 fiscal years ending 2015.  However, childhood cancer receives only 4% of that funding.
7.  Approximately 18% of patients will not survive.
8.  Parents and siblings of the patient can suffer from PTSD.

 

During the initial diagnosis and the days that follow, the family of a childhood cancer patient will be ovrwhelmed with what they will face.  Listed below are some links that may be useful.  Most are listed after some research, while a couple of them are a personal referral.

Cancer support services
http://www.ped-onc.org/resources/supportorg.html
http://www.momcology.org/sitepage/pediaric-cancer-resources

Financial help
http://www.ped-onc.org/cfissues/financehelp/finhelp.html
http://negu.org/2013/04/financial-support-charities-childhood-cancer/
http://www.acco.org/financial/
http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/financial-considerations/financial-resources

Fundraising sites

During Zach’s battle, we launched several fundraising campaigns using booster.com.  Supporters order shirts or other items online with your unique design.  All transactions are completed online and shipped directly to supporters.
www.booster.com

This is another site we used.  Unlike booster.com, you must order the items, paying up front.  Then it is up to you to sell and disperse the merchandise.
www.customink.com

Robert Thornton originated a website to help families raise money.  His support and mission is truly a gift
http://www.papercloudsapparel.com

Gofundme is a site designed to raise money for a cause.  Several campaigns were launched to help cover expenses during Zach’s battle.
www.gofundme.com

Treatment options
http://www.acco.org/treatment-centers-for-childhood-cancers/
https://www.stjude.org/patient-referrals.html
https://childrensoncologygroup.org
www.mdanderson.org

Research
http://www.childrenscancer.org/main/finding_causes_of_cancer/

Information
https://www.cancer.gov/types/childhood-cancers

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