Not Rare

Written by Michael Wiggins

This is Michael. I recently read this quote from a pediatric oncologist:  “The good news is that childhood cancer is rare, but the bad news is it’s rare,” said Dr. Paul Meyers, a pediatric oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. “It’s hard to get people interested in studying it,” he told TODAY. “We have many exciting things that might make a difference in childhood cancers, but they were abandoned because they don’t make a profit.”

Did you know that it is estimated that 250 children worldwide lose their lives to cancer every day – that’s 91,250 kids lost to cancer worldwide every year—and the number is increasing yearly? (SOURCE: AlexsLemonade.org).

That’s not “rare” to me... that’s an epidemic. But isn’t that the point? To me what seems like an ongoing human catastrophic disaster without an end in sight is seen by others as too rare to worry about? Most research that involves cancer involves adult forms of cancer because there are so many more of the patients, right? Perhaps... but does that make it right or just or even justified? Because at the end of the day, what the medical research world is really saying is that it is okay to allow these kids to die so that many more adults will get to live…

Think about that.

Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation is dedicated to funding research for less painful therapies for children’s cancers, more effective treatments and especially the development of therapies specifically designed for children, and ultimately a cure and bringing an end to cancer in children. If you would like to help, please visit our website at www.cannonballkidscancer.org.