CCAM = Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
The formal definition of childhood is “the state of being a child or the period during which a person is a child.” I think of childhood as playing outside with the neighborhood kids, eating ice cream and pizza, school field trips and more.
It’s hard to imagine that there are children out there who remember most of their childhood as a time with cancer. There have been great strides over the past 20 years but there is still so much to do.
According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death among U.S. children between infancy and age 14. There is a lot of information about childhood cancer at the NCI website including this great snapshot on pediatric cancer. The NCI also dedicated a cancer bulletin to childhood cancer in 2011 with a great piece about the new understanding of cancer in young adults and adolescents.
The V Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in grants to pediatric cancer research to cancer centers and children’s hospitals including Duke Cancer Institute in North Carolina, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Florida and many more.