Written by Michael Wiggins
This is Michael. Many people ask us "Why is it that cancer found in children is largely ignored by the research and drug development world?" or "How can it be?" Did you know that each child in the U.S. diagnosed with a form of pediatric cancer receives approximately 1/6th of the federal research support allocated to each patient afflicted with AIDS? That Congress still allocates the same many hundreds of million dollars per year to AIDS research despite the fact that the survival rate for those diagnosed has improved to 90% or better? Why? Rhetorical question, really.
Please take a moment to read the article published in Newsweek late last year regarding the lack of funding for pediatric cancer research. It highlights several patients and Dr. Giselle Sholler, Cannon's oncologist in Grand Rapids, Michigan that enrolled him in a clinical trial to help us try to prevent relapse of his neuroblastoma cancer. Dr. Sholler is also the reciepient of a Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation research grant funded by all of you that support us and help us in this cause. And thank you all for that. There will never be enough thanks in the world to adequately relay how we feel about everyone that has helped us fight for these kids.
"An estimated 2,000 children die of cancer each year, and the overall incidence of childhood cancer has been slowly increasing since 1975. Despite significant advances against certain pediatric cancers, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, there are still some types of cancer for which there are few or no effective treatments. As John London found out, new drug development in the field is slow, often lagging way behind adult treatments, and few compounds are designed specifically for children. “I was on my own, as many parents are,” London says. “The medical community had no interest.”
"Continuing to ignore the reality of childhood cancer with the excuse that it's rare, despite the fact that we lose thousands of children each year, will surely leave future generations wondering about our priorities."
Stop this madness. cancer in children is wrong. It is unjust. And it is unnecessary. It is precisely why we ask everyone to Go Gold in September and for donations to fund grants for clinical trial research.
We need you! Help us at Cannonball Kids' cancer Foundation by making a donation today at cannonballkidscancer.org. Your donation goes directly towards funding pediatric cancer research trials. Every donation counts! Thank you!