Even though I know cancer can’t determine age, when I think of cancer, I think about adults. Or maybe it’s just too heartbreaking to think about a child being diagnosed with such an awful disease.
September has been designated as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, more than 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. That’s an incredible number.
So how do parents and children cope with such a diagnosis? They are helped by agencies such as the National Children’s Cancer Society, whose mission is “to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families worldwide.” NCCS offers the following services:
- Financial assistance for families of children who have been diagnosed with cancer
- Information for dealing with life after cancer
- Scholarships for survivors of childhood cancer
All of these programs are supported by donations. You can assist the NCCS by volunteering with the organization at a special event or by donating money.
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