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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month deserves attention and action

September is nationally recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. So what does this mean, officially? Will shoppers be inundated by toy stores that profess to give a portion of their sales to childhood cancer research? Will co-workers sport gold ribbons and sponsor "dress-down" days? Will newspapers be filled with stories about children who have cancer? Will products change their labels to a gold color? Will donation containers appear on store counters soliciting funds for children with cancer? Unfortunately, the answer to these questions is probably, "No, not really."

As followers of Smiles For Sophie Forever know, childhood cancer is devastating and often fatal. To make a difference and really observe the month supposedly dedicated to childhood cancer, consider:  

  • Telling others what the ribbon means
  • Asking local merchants to allow collection jars on their counters to raise funds for childhood cancer research
  • Volunteering to make the jar
  • Writing a letter to your local newspaper about the lack of funding for research
  • Asking your schools and PTO's to invite speakers touched by childhood cancer
  • Offering to be or find the speaker
  • Asking teachers to decorate bulletin boards with a Childhood Cancer theme
  • Providing those teachers with the materials S
  • uggesting a school project collecting books for cancer patients
  • Volunteering to deliver those books
  • Writing to your congressman begging for increased government funding for childhood cancer research
  • Sharing information with anyone who will listen
  • Researching, supporting, and joining one of the many childhood cancer organizations or foundations
  • Posting a message on your social networking page and
  • Doing whatever it takes to give childhood cancer the attention it deserves and needs.

Signs of Childhood Cancer

  • Continued, unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
  • Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones, joints, back, or legs
  • Lump or mass, especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpits
  • Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash
  • Constant infections
  • A whitish color behind the pupil
  • Nausea which persists or vomiting without nausea
  • Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
  • Eye or vision changes which occur suddenly and persist
  • Recurrent or persistent fevers of unknown origin

    

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