|September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month|
A Survivor's Story: The Alesia Shute Story
The mission of the Alesia Shute Foundation is to improve the lives of families facing childhood disease, both by making hospital stays more comfortable and by funding the research that will treat or eliminate childhood illnesses.
Alesia Shute's recount of her own battle and triumph over childhood cancer in her book, Everything's Okay, was written to inform and encourage struggling to survive through childhood illness. Donations to the Alesia Shute Foundation go towards the delivery of Alesia's books to families in need. Profits from the book sales are donated directly to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The Alesia Shute Foundation is recognized in NJ as a not-for-profit company.
"It is my job to make sure I am happy, loving myself first, accepting who I am,
who I have become, and where I am going." —Alesia Shute
Dr. Jack Templeton, Pediatric Surgeon commented on Alesia's book:"Everything's Okay" brings to bear, in a sensitive and compelling way, what we, as doctors, always need to understand and provide in regard to loving and sensitive support for our patients who are experiencing, and trying to deal with, pain, fear, apprehension, and the need for comfort, reassurance, and the type of confidence that can arise from trust and understanding.
Alesia Shute Supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September has been designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and The Alesia Shute Foundation is launching a new publication in a comic book format to help raise awareness of the prevalence of cancer in children, the rising incidence rates and the devastation of the disease on entire families while going through the process of diagnostic, prognosis and cure. Alesia's story as a survivor of the disease can serve as a role model to follow while educating people about the disease and its impact and empowering them to fight back. These are critical steps to eliminating the devastation of cancer in children.
According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 12,400 U.S. children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before the age of 20. The statistics become even greater because there are so many health problems that come with the cancer diagnosis that are life long. Although cure rates are steadily improving, pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15, claiming approximately 3,000 young victims each year. During the month of September is when families, medical and charitable organizations across the nation will shine a spotlight on the various types of childhood cancer and raise funds for research aimed at treating and finding a cure for this heartbreaking disease. In May of 2010, the President's Cancer Panel released a comprehensive report that examined environmental causes of cancers. The Panel warned, "the true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated" and advised the President to "use the power of his office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation's productivity, and devastate American lives." Prevention is the best cure and should always be the focus of any health-care and parenting protocol. Minimizing the exposures that cause disease is much more effective, and less painful than treating the disease after the fact.
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An organization also worth mentioning is CURE. "CURE's Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time" is an initiative aimed at these goals: education and empowerment. Each day in September, CURE will highlight a very special child in their CURE family who has been affected by cancer. We will share their stories of diagnosis, treatment, courage. Through this program, CURE shares stories of survivorship and loss, opening and changing hearts as they honor and remember children who have battled this disease.
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