Written by Michael Wiggins
This is Michael. We continue to receive good feedback on the national and international front for those advocating for children with cancer. We hear that pediatric cancer awareness is at an all time high and that perhaps finally, funding may increase both in the public and in the private sector. In the public sector, it may occur because of current legislation that we continue to ask members of Congress to pass. In the private sector, we believe that increased awareness we drive private charitable dollars to the research labs to find the cures and the treatments and the early detectors for children so that cancer won't visit upon future generations of children.
Why is this so fundamentally important? Why do I seem to keep repeating myself on this subject? Because children with cancer suffer unnecessarily, and because children with cancer die, and until both are no more, Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation and our fellow cancer research foundations and charities will not quit.
Children that are treated for cancer are at risk for life altering and lifetime effects of the treatment (another reason that research funding is necessary to improve treatment methods, reduce pain and sickness and eliminate lifetime side effects). And that it is estimated that by the time a child who experienced cancer as a child is 45, he or she will have a 95% chance of suffering a lifetime and chronic health problem as a result of the severe treatment experienced as a child? And finally, that three out of five children who survive children’s cancer suffer long term or late side effects? SOURCE: CureSearch.org
This is the horrible list of potential side effects that kids that get cancer are left with for their lifetimes, assuming they survive:
Here are 11 common side-effects that children may experience as a result of current treatment protocols:
Cognitive issues including delayed speech, problems with reading, writing and memory retention.
Secondary cancers later in life.
Loss of limbs, or shortened limbs whose growth was stunted.
Cataracts, poor vision, damage to the optic nerve or other effects to the eye.
Cardiac problems including an abnormal heartbeat, congestive heart failure and increased risk of a stroke or blood clots.
Weak or thin bones that can break easily.
Anxiety and depression.
Teeth and jaw problems including missing teeth, smaller teeth, tooth decay and gum disease.
Speak UP. Speak up for all kids with cancer. Help us at Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation to fund research and clinical trials so that someday, cancer won't exist in children.
Funding = Research = Cure