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Kidstuff September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month! Every year, 300,000 families around the world will hear, “Your child has cancer.” But you can do something about it. If you want to get involved in the fight against childhood can- cer, here are 10 facts you should know: 1. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. It’s the second leading cause of death (following accidents) in children ages 5-14. 2. Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. That’s 300,000 kids around the world every year. 3. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6. But you don’t have to be a child to be diagnosed with childhood cancer. Childhood cancer is diagnosed in all ages, from newborn infants to children and young adults. 4. 80% of children diagnosed with cancer are in developing countries. Childhood cancer is a global prob- lem, and one institution can’t solve it alone. That’s why we fund the very best research, no matter where it takes place.  5. The most common childhood cancer is acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In the 1950s, almost every kid with ALL died. But today, thanks to childhood cancer research, about 90% of children with ALL will survive. 6. In 80% of kids with cancer, the cancer has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is di- agnosed. That’s why so many children with cancer need to begin treatment right away. Many adult cancers can be diagnosed early. 7. Much of what we know about treating adult cancers has been learned from childhood cancer research.  Some aspects of cancer treatment today, such as combination chemotherapy, can be traced to pediatric cancer research. 8. There are over a dozen types of childhood cancer and hundreds of different subtypes. The more rare types, when added together, account for about 30% of cancers in children and adolescents. But because so few children are diagnosed with each type, it’s very difficult to do research on these cancers. 9. One in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive. For the ones who do, the battle is never over. 10. Because of the treatments they had as kids, by the time they’re in their 30's or 40's, more than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a chronic health problem, and 80% will have severe or life-threaten- ing conditions. Children should not only survive, but thrive. We’re funding research to find cures AND give survivors long, healthy lives. YOU CAN HELP!!! By funding research, you are giving every child hope for a cure. Here are a few easy ways you can help find cures for kids with cancer: Make a Donation. Your generous gift will support the very best childhood cancer research.  Start An Event. You don’t have to shave your head to raise money. You can run a 5K, read a stack of books, jump rope for 24 hours — the sky’s the limit! (Well, nearly. Some exclusions apply.) Just do what you want, and ask your friends and family to make a donation. Start A Fundraiser - Kids need adults to speak up for them, and yours is just the voice we’re looking for. Join our advocacy action network, Speak Up for Kids’ Cancer, and you’ll get alerts when your help is needed most. Please patronize this fine sponsor of “Kidstuff:” J oseph R. S chuchert, D.M.D. 550 M c E lhattan D rive M c E lhattan • 570-769-5082 Board Certified www.schuchertortho.com 1951 P ine H all R oad , S uite 200 S tate C ollege • 814-826-2055 Source: www.stbaldricks.org ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! www.bearcountrygoodnews.com “Good News” -- September -- 35