Statistical Data About Childhood Cancer
Based on studies conducted by the National Cancer Institute, one to two out of 10,000 children in the U.S. develop some form of cancer disease each year. Of them, 1,545 are expected to succumb to the disease. The institute’s most recent statistical report (2007) has placed cancer as the leading fatal disease among U.S. children between the ages of one to fourteen.
Accordingly, survival rates have improved due to advances in treatment, although the cures or surgical procedures result in long-term remissions only. A state of remission denotes that there is a decrease or disappearance of the cancer symptoms but still with the possibility that the disease may still be in the body of the sufferer.
Many of the founders and supporters of charitable organizations, dedicated to providing support to cancer-afflicted children, are childhood cancer survivors themselves or with loved ones who have been afflicted by the disease. They have first-hand knowledge of what the families go through, including the harsh financial impact wrought upon their resources just to keep up the fight against the present and future effects of cancer.
Stand-up comedian and cancer survivor, Sean Kent, had quipped during a fundraising event that “...people dealing with cancer don’t have long-term plans. Their idea of long-term plans is ordering lunch. The cancer survivor looks to make every day perfect in its own special way. Those are the perfect people to send to school because they really know how to live." (Source: Cancer for College: Our Story)
College money for cancer survivors is being provided by numerous organizations through scholarships, so that these young adults will have the will to make each day perfect. Interested applicants will find the related links in the Reference section below.