Every weekday, 46 families are told that their child has cancer. Every week, that’s 230 new families who have to deal with this disease in their children. This represents an increase of about 29% of diagnosed pediatric cancer over the last 30 years. In spirit of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 46 mothers of children with cancer have banded together and shaved their heads, to help spread awareness. This act, symbolizing the 46 families every weekday whose children are diagnosed, was intended to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research. But that is just one way we can show support for the survivors and families of those with this disease. Here are a couple of other foundations that are fighting for the cause:
1. You can donate to Mira’s Movement, whose missions is to “increase public awareness of the incidence and impact of childhood cancer, to provide resources and support for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis, and to broaden support for increased federal funding of pediatric cancer and brain tumor research.”
2. This month, Hyundai is giving $200 from the sale of each vehicle in September to 71 hospitals and non-profit organizations in the form of “Hope Grants”. Through Hyundai Hope on Wheels, Hyundai plans to donate $100,000 to each hospital and non-profit…totaling $7.1 million! You can also donate directly through Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
While treatments are out there, one of the best ways to help prevent childhood cancer is to take preventative steps. Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent cancer in children:
- Avoid pesticides. Instead use non-toxic remedies around the house. Also, removing shoes before you enter your home will help keep chemicals that end up on your shoes stay out.
- Use non-toxic products. Read labels and look for more natural materials!
- Clean up indoor air with non-toxic products. Try using plants to filter your air or window ventilation.
- Try to eat more organic and healthier.
- Avoid products made with plastic that contain harmful chemicals like BPA. Use reusable glass or stainless steel instead.