The Importance of Childhood Cancer Awareness
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

The Importance of Childhood Cancer Awareness

It's time to understand the true meaning of this month

The Importance of Childhood Cancer Awareness

Childhood cancer awareness month started the 1st of September and as many may or may not know children affected by cancer, it surrounds many families lives. To make this a little more realistic I am going to tell you my personal story about childhood cancer. In 8th grade, on April 20th I had found out my 15 year old sister was diagnosed with Stage IV Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For one year she did 80 days in the hospital, 12 chemo medicines, 10 spinal taps, 9 rounds of chemo, 7 blood transfusions, 4 PICC lines, 3 bone marrow biopsies, 3 ambulance rides to UCSF, and 1 double port. So here are a few things why I believe childhood cancer awareness is more than a simple phrase in a word.

1. I am blessed to have my sister here on earth, but for some they reach heaven a little sooner. "Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer."

2. The love and support my friends and family gave us really made us grateful for the community we live in. "On average the price for one year of life increased to $139,100 in 2005 and $207,000 in 2013." Someone not so lucky to live in a community overwhelmingly helpful might not have enough money to ensure their child's life.

3. Cancer brought us our biggest gift: Rooms of Hope. This is a non profit dedicated to making dream rooms for children with life-threatening illnesses. Being a family who understands struggles of a child with a life-threatening illness, we knew giving back was what we were meant to do. And although not all kids were able to fight these horrible diseases, they were allowed to peacefully go in the sanctuary of their home. "Childhood Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S."

4. No matter what, my sister was a fighter. The chemo wouldn't let her down at any time. There were some good days and bad, but the good overrode the bad. "Others between the ages of 0-18 could have bad day symptoms like: Fatigue, Pain, Mouth and throat sores, Diarrhea, Nausea and vomiting, Constipation, Blood disorders, Nervous system effects." These children didn't just have a cold, they had a sickness that destroys their immune system.

5. Growing up as a sibling of a child with cancer, some days it felt lonely, but almost all the time my parents made sure that I was always loved at every moment. "Some siblings didn't get that same outcome and studies examining PTS reactions in siblings conclude that 29–38% exhibit moderate to severe cancer-related posttraumatic stress even years after cancer treatment has ended."

6. Even though my sister might've not looked like the typical teenager, the amount of love and gratitude for her inner and outer beauty was always there. "While some children went to school only to be ridiculed of being just a little different."

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

5 Cool Gadgets To Make Your Car Smart

Don't let this stop you from making your car smart. You can change the one you have using smart gadgets that transform your car into a smart car.


Cars are no longer just a mode of transport, where you only worry about the engine and how beautiful its interior is. These days, everyone wants to make their cars smarter, those with advanced technology systems. It makes sense for several reasons. It can make your vehicle more efficient and safer when you need to drive.

Keep Reading... Show less

The Inevitable Truth of Loss

You're going to be okay.


As we humans face loss and grief on a daily basis, it's challenging to see the good in all the change. Here's a better perspective on how we can deal with this inevitable feeling and why it could help us grow.

Keep Reading... Show less

'Venom: Let There Be Carnage' Film Review

Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson lead a tigher, more fun sequel to 2018's 'Venom'

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment – YouTube

When Sony announced that Venom would be getting a stand-alone movie, outside of the Tom Holland MCU Spider-Man films, and intended to start its own separate shared universe of films, the reactions were generally not that kind. Even if Tom Hardy was going to take on the role, why would you take Venom, so intrinsically connected to Spider-Man's comic book roots, and remove all of that for cheap action spectacle?

Keep Reading... Show less

'The Addams Family 2' Film Review

The sequel to the 2019 reboot is an enjoyable, but unremarkable start to the Halloween movie season

Photo Credit: MGM – YouTube

There's a reason why the Addams Family have become icons of the American cartoon pantheon (although having one of the catchiest theme songs in television history doesn't hinder them).

Keep Reading... Show less

The Latest Trends in the Music World

The music world is a fast evolving and ever changing landscape of influence. Over the last 20 years, we've seen the influx of home recording technology paired with the rise of streaming, making way for new independent artists and communities to flourish.


The music world is a fast evolving and ever changing landscape of influence. Over the last 20 years, we've seen the influx of home recording technology paired with the rise of streaming, making way for new independent artists and communities to flourish. This is the positive side of the streaming coin, different kinds of music can exist in the same spaces in much more fluid ways. Aesthetic and musical styles are merging and taking on new life in the 21st century. Trends in the music industry can be most easily followed by exploring instagram, TikTok and other social media platforms to see what people are wearing and listening to. Let's take a look at a few style and artistic trends influencing the world of music.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments