Go Gold for Children's Cancer Awareness

The news of a cancer diagnosis is never easy, but the unforeseen diagnosis in a child is heartbreaking. Each year approximately 16,400 parents in the United States alone will hear "your child has cancer." Without exception to age, race, gender, and socio-economic groups, childhood and adolescent cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease.(1) Another way to say this is that 1 out of 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20. (2) Despite these harsh facts, childhood cancer research only receives 4% of the annual budget from the National Cancer Institute. 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a month that communities from around the world come together to recognize and honor all the children currently fighting cancer and their families. Its also a time to honor all of the survivors, the children who lost their lives to cancer, the clinicians, and the research being done to eradicate childhood cancer. 

This will be our 3rd year participating in Go Gold to raise awareness for childhood cancer and we anticipate this to be our most successful year yet! Last year we had the pleasure of partnering with multiple Jabz Boxing locations throughout the Phoenix area and I am very proud to say that together we raised $6,554 that was donated to Phoenix Children's Hospital. With their support, we were also able to donate over 100 lip balms to Love Is In The Bag, another local nonprofit who supports childhood cancer awareness, benefitting Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

A world without childhood cancer begins with research, and better research begins with us. To learn more about how you can get involved, please click here.

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1. Pizzo P, Poplack D. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology. 7th edition. Philadelphia. Wolters Kulwer. C2016. Chapter 1, Epidemiology of Childhood Cancer. 
2. Cancer Facts and Figures 2014, Special Section: Cancer in Children and Adolescents. .