September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and by the time this month is over, another 1,300 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer. Even with the best treatments available, 1 in 5 children with cancer will not survive. And of those who do, most will have long-term side effects from their treatment.
For these children and their families, childhood cancer is something that affects them every day of the year. For them, it’s not enough just to be aware — they need you to take action. Here are 5 ways you can help children with cancer this month:
Buy a Childhood Cancer Awareness Month T-shirt. Choose from multiple styles and colors, and even customize it with the name of a fighter or survivor you know. Want to go the extra mile? Create your own T-shirt fundraiser so your friends and family can buy their own shirts to match.
Donate. The American Childhood Cancer Organization is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots organization dedicated to childhood cancer. We fund research, shape policy, raise awareness, and offer resources to children with cancer, survivors and their families. And with your support, we can continue to offer those resources free of charge to families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis.
Go Gold® and fundraise for kids with cancer. Gold is the color for childhood cancer awareness, so why not start a gold-themed fundraiser this month? Here are 8 creative fundraising ideas to get you inspired.
Host a PJammin Party. Children with cancer often spend weeks or months living in their pajamas when they’re in the hospital for their treatment. Stand in solidarity with these kids by organizing a PJammin® day to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer.
Be an advocate. Show your legislators that you want them to make childhood cancer a health priority. Visit our advocacy page to see the current issues affecting children with cancer and how you can show your support.
Need more inspiration? Follow us on Facebook, where we’ll be sharing stories of our Gold Ribbon Heroes all month long.
To learn more about childhood cancer, visit our childhood cancer statistics page.