Childhood Cancer Awareness
Organizations like The James Fund are working for a day when childhood cancer does not take the terrible toll it currently does. And BCCCPA is helping to lessen the burdens on childhood cancer families. Every year, in North America alone, approximately 12,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer. More than 100,000 children battle the disease at any one time in Canada and the US.
For families, the impact of childhood cancer is devastating. The level of care for a child enduring cancer treatment more often than not requires one parent to stop working. Other siblings often feel neglected, resentful and guilty. Marriages often fail, and far too often, families lose their homes, their cars, and sometimes, each other. The rate of sibling suicide is much higher than the national average and alcoholism and other addictions comes with the territory.
Sometimes, whole communities are affected. It is not uncommon for friends and schoolmates of children battling cancer to be psychologically impacted. And the potential that is lost from that one life when a child dies from cancer is staggering.
The treatments for childhood cancer are harsh and usually not designed for children, but instead are adult treatments adjusted for smaller bodies. Children who have endured treatments like chemotherapy are more prone to secondary cancers, and even for those who escape secondary cancers, the long term effects of the drugs used can be devastating.
Childhood cancer strikes without warning and, unlike most adult cancers, is not caused by lifestyle choices. In fact, the causes of childhood cancers are not known at this time, meaning research is absolutely critical.
While research into adult cancers like breast and prostate yield no benefit to understanding and solving childhood cancers, research into childhood cancers can yield tremendous insights into the battle against all cancers. And yet, childhood cancer research receives a fraction of the funding that adult cancers do.
Twenty-five years ago, a diagnosis of childhood cancer was more likely a death sentence than not. 80 per cent of children battling childhood cancer died and only 20 per cent lived. But in one generation, those numbers are reversed, and now 80 per cent of children survive.
It’s better. But it’s not enough. We envision a world where every child survives childhood cancer, and lives a long and productive life free of secondary illnesses and terrible side effects.
The song “The Will to Survive” is meant to celebrate kids battling cancer and give them hope to carry on.
A portion of proceeds will also help raise funds to help battle childhood cancer and support families going through it. Charities benefiting from the song include The James Fund, recognized around the world for its battling against neuroblastoma, one of the deadliest childhood cancers and BCCCPA, a parents’ organization that has been extremely helpful to Megan and her family.
Want to help? Please help us spread the word about childhood cancer awareness through Megan McNeil’s beautiful song “The Will to Survive.”
1. Please join the Will to Survive Facebook page where you will get updated regularly on when the song is out on iTunes and what stations will be picking up the song for airplay.
3. Please spread the word to your friends, family, email lists, Facebook and twitter pages, work newsletters, websites, and any other way you can think of. You can share the Will to Survive video right from YouTube.
3. If you hear the song on your local radio station and you like it, please let that station know. Please don’t call stations who aren’t playing it or call stations out of your local listening area. Those stations will penalize the artist and the song.
Thank you for caring about childhood cancer. Together, let’s work for a day when Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is completely unnecessary.