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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 1, 2015
A nurse gives a boy a checkup.

Every year, about 430 children in Georgia are diagnosed with cancer. Roughly 60 of those cases will end in death. Childhood cancer is the most common cause of fatalities in kids between the ages of 1 and 19. These numbers are staggering and heartbreaking, to say the least.

In order to raise awareness and keep up the fight against this horrible disease, September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. All across America, businesses and communities are rallying together to raise funds for research and shed light on the realities  - and keep the hope alive - for kids suffering from cancer.

Georgia’s own CURE Childhood Cancer organization has a variety of fundraising events during the month of September, with activities ranging from golf tournaments to galas. In addition to raising funds for cancer research, CURE is also dedicated to providing a support network for families battling childhood cancer through resources such as counseling sessions and other programs.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be hosting a walk/run event to end childhood cancer on September 26 in Atlanta with all proceeds going towards their support of families battling cancer. Registration starts at 7 AM, the walk starts at 8 AM and registration is only $10! This is a great way to get moving and help these brave families at the same time.

To learn more about childhood cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website or visit CURE’s website to see how you can donate to help cancer research. If we all do our part, childhood cancer can eventually be a thing of the past.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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