This month, about 1,400 families in the U.S. will hear the words no one wants to hear – your child has cancer. As a pediatric oncologist, saying these words is one of the most difficult aspects of my profession. Whether you know a child with cancer or not, there are things you could do to pay tribute as we celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to educate the public, raise money for pediatric cancer, and celebrate advances in care. Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 14. Leukemia, a cancer of the blood, is the most common form of cancer in children. Other types include lymphomas, cancer of the immune system, and solid tumors, cancer of the bones, organs, and tissues.
Go Gold with Us
- Will you join us and Go Gold during September in honor and in memory of kids with cancer? UMass Memorial caregivers will be wearing gold on September 30. You can too!
- Take action and find a cause to support: https://www.childrenscancercause.org/actioncenter
- The City of Worcester will light up the Burns Bridge in Gold on September 24. Take a picture and tag #umassmemorial on social media.
- Get a close-up experience during our Bright Lights event where first responders will be flashing lights so inpatients at the Children’s Medical Center can see. Follow on Facebook.
- Visit these helpful websites:
Guest Blogger: Jason Shohet, MD, PhD, Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology