September is Childhood Cancer Month. Families, caregivers, research groups and the Jay Fund observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support.
At the Jay Fund, this month we are honoring heroes who have made a positive impact on the lives of others. This includes patients, parents, hospital staff, volunteers, survivors, siblings, and more. We want to recognize the impact they have made, and we hope you will share their stories to inspire others.
It’s not too late to nominate your hero. Simply send us a short paragraph via Facebook on why this person is your hero and a picture of the person, or the two of you together. They may be featured as one of our September Heroes!