Day 26 - Children's cancer Awareness Month

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This is Michael. Sometimes, when I give a presentation about children's cancer, I try to describe the misery that children have to go through in their treatments in an effort to live. Because of the lack of research funding, many of the therapies available to children are years old and still incredibly difficult on the body of a small child. One of the goals of improving therapies for children with cancer is to 1/make them less painful, and 2/make them less harmful, in the sense that if we had therapies that were developed for children and not dosed down methods designed for adults, they would be less toxic and directly target those cancers found in only children. 

This is why research is vitally important. Make no mistake, we want a cure of children's cancers, and we want it now. But making the therapies less destructive and more tolerable is also a goal until that cure can ultimately be found.

Childhood cancer Awareness Fact of the Day:  So severe is the pain and the misery and the suffering of children who undergo treatment for cancer, that such suffering would be considered impermissible torture pursuant to the United Nation’s Convention Against Torture if inflicted on an adult as punishment.   

Source: Kids v Cancer, www.kidsvcancer.org .  

See, UN Convention Against Torture. (Article 1) (“For the purposes of this Convention, torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity.”)

Please help us at Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation make the general public more aware. Tell someone in line at the grocery store, ask your children to do a project in school on kids' cancer, or send a link from CannonballKidscancer, St. Baldrick's, Alex's Lemonade Stand or CureSearch to all of your friends and those on your email list. Doing so will ultimately increase funds to charitable foundations in small, but sometimes big, ways. Increase in funds to charitable groups and foundations means more and broader research into why children's cancer occurs and trying to find a cause, and in the interim, less painful and more effective treatment so that kids currently suffering from cancer have a better chance to live to be an adult. This can be done. Please --- in honor of all the children lost to cancer every single day and to honor the pain suffered in the hearts of families who have lost a child, a sibling, a niece or nephew, grandchild or godchild to cancer --- help us make people aware that cancer strikes children and we need help to fund more research to bring an end to it.