Why Pediatric Cancer? Simple because of my Inspiration!
My Inspiration came from my AMAZING daughter Zoefia Alexandria and her journey with brain cancer. It was a lengthy 4-year battle for her, and she touched so many along the way as her resilience and will to fight has showed us miracles. Zoefia taught us to 'ALWAYS BELIEVE! 🎗
Unfortunately, Zoefia passed away in December of 2019, but her story will forever be shared to inspire others.
The Awareness color for Pediatric Cancer is Gold
Childhood Cancer awareness month is September.
The Awareness color for all brain cancer is Gray
Brain Tumor Awareness Month is May
But there's More!
Brain Cancer is often categorized as Rare and Aggressive and that leaves little options for treatment.
What does that really mean?
For Children that have this disease it's challenging because there are not enough medical options for them. The disease often comes back and is more aggressive and spreads to various parts of the brain and down the spine. The reality of what parents hear and what I was told; There's nothing more we can do for her! IMAGINE THAT! Major Children's Hospitals and Medical Research Centers throughout the country have closed doors on not just us but so many families.
So, What's Next?
We fight! We never stop fighting for more treatment, we fight for more options, and we fight for these children. Finding treatment and cures are very costly! So, we created a way to raise funds to help cancer families while they fight this deadly disease.
Some Key Statistics
Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children (after leukemia). They account for about 1 out of 4 childhood cancers. More than 4,000 brain and spinal cord tumors are diagnosed each year in children and teens. The incidence rate (number of tumors per 100,000 children) has not changed much in recent years.
Malignant (fast-growing) brain and spinal cord tumors are slightly more common in boys, while non-malignant tumors are slightly more common in girls.
About 3 out of 4 children with brain tumors (all types combined) survive at least 5 years after being diagnosed. But the outlook can vary a great deal based on the type of tumor, where it is, and other factors.
The 5-year survival rate is the percentage of children who live at least 5 years after their cancer is diagnosed. For example, a 5-year survival rate of 80% means that an estimated 80 out of 100 children who have that type of tumor are still alive 5 years after being diagnosed. Of course, many children live much longer than 5 years (and many are cured).
To learn more about Pediatric Brain Cancer/Tumors you can head over to The American Cancer Society.