1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of the vehicle donation site 800charitycars.org, want to acknowledge that September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month is meant to spread awareness about childhood cancers and help raise funds for research and to assist the children and their families.
FACTS ABOUT CHILDHOOD CANCER
- 1 in every 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer.
- In the United States, 1 out of every 5 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
- The leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 is childhood cancer.
- According to the ACCO, 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease.
MOST COMMON CHILDHOOD CANCERS
- Brain Tumors
- Central nervous system tumors
- Wilms tumor
- Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
- Bone cancer
- Ewing sarcoma
WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED DURING CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
- Organize a go gold event acco.org/GoGold.aspx
- Host a PJammin event at your school, business, or churchacco.org/PJammin.aspx
- Nominate a golden ribbon hero acco.org/AboutUs/OurHeroes/GoldRibbonHeroes.aspx
- Purchase Kendal Lividini’s song “Even When I’m Gone” (Kendall lost her childhood battle with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2011) childrenscancer.org/kendal/
- Send someone flowers and 10% will go to ALSF teleflora.com/alexs-lemonade-stand-alsf-donations-150592_150593c.asp
- Join Causes and donate your birthday to raising funds for cancer organizations causes.com/
- Sell your old stuff online and use Paypal Giving Fund (formerly Mission Fish) to donate proceeds to cancer charities missionfish.com/index.html
- Text the message “CANCER” to 85944 to make a $5 donation to help ALSF fight childhood cancer, and ask your family and friends to do the same.
- Make a donation or volunteer your time, goods, or services to The Ronald McDonald House rmhc.org/chapter-search
- Share an infographic on your social networks to spread awareness, such as this one at PABLOVE pablove.org/kids-cancer/
- Take action by writing Congress capwiz.com/speaknowforkids/issues/alert/?alertid=63305546&type=co
- Participate in a bike-a-thon, run, or walk for Childhood Cancer. Just perform a Google Search to locate one in your area.
- Take the #WhippingChildhoodCancer challenge whippingchildhoodcancer.com
We would like to encourage everyone to do your part in helping to spread awareness, and support Childhood Cancer this month, and every month.
We would also like to share the stories of a few of our car donation applicants, who are dealing with various types of childhood cancers, and doing so without reliable transportation:
Angela Jacob (victoriasmomma) from California
“My baby girl Victoria, has retinoblastoma that’s a rare childhood cancer in both eyes. I live over 200miles away from children’s hospital where she has her chemotherapy monthly. And not having a vehicle we are having to take public transit which is exhausting and very uncomfortable for my sick little angel. It takes over 5 hours just to get to her appointments by bus.”
Chris Ervin (CME) from Texas
“My son has rhabdomyosarcoma and me and my wife have to go 2 hours from Tyler, Texas, to Dallas every week for my baby’s chemotherapy.”
Tanya Carmona (armychixx40) from Ohio
“My name is Tanya and I am 40yrs old and a disabled US Army Veteran. I am a very proud mom and grandma. My oldest daughter Destianna is 18 and is a Neuroblastoma Cancer survivor she was diagnosed at the age of 9 and had it on her spinal cord, she has 2 artificial ribs on her right side and has severe scoliosis and absent epilepsy she is getting ready to go thru another severe surgery for her scoliosis she has been a trooper and has the strength and faith of a whole army for what she has endured.”
Tanya Tatum (FamilyMatters5) From Texas
“In 2008 my son Hezekiah got diagnosed with leukemia. Hezekiah has been Cancer free for 2 years. We still go to the clinic every 4 months to check counts, and take a life after cancer class. We have to go to Fort Worth for those visits, and we are in need of transportation.”
You can be a part of changing the lives of these families, or any of our other struggling families in need by making a monetary or vehicle donation to 1-800-Charity Cars. We accept all vehicles nationwide, running or not. All donations made to our charity are tax deductible. You can receive a full “fair market value” tax deduction, if we can provide your vehicle donation to a family in need. You can make a vehicle donation by calling us today at 1-800-242-7489 or you can fill out the online donation form, or you can make a financial donation through PayPal or JustGive.