By Noah de la Portilla, Eighth Grade
About Childhood Cancer
In the month of September, people from all around the world recognized the need to support the children whose bodies carry an unwelcome companion named cancer. Individuals, families and organizations raise money to fund research on treating and curing childhood cancer. There are many nonprofit organizations such as CureSearch who raise money. CureSearch’s goals focus on things like driving cancer out of the lives of children.
Childhood cancer awareness is a major priority to hospitals and their patients because children are the future. According to CureSearch, there are about 15,000 children from 0-19 years old who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Since 1971, the survival rate of children with different types of cancer has significantly increased. For one specific cancer, liver tumors, the survival rate was around 17% in 1971; in 2005 the survival rate was recorded at about 63% (Click here to see graph). That is a huge improvement. All the work and research that has been put into childhood cancer has been paying off over time; but the fight is not over yet.
Similar to the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness, the gold ribbon is the universal symbol of childhood cancer awareness. According to ICCD (International Childhood Cancer Day) here are some reasons the gold ribbon was chosen to represent childhood cancer awareness: