I know, we only have a few more days left in September and I’m a bit late putting this post up. But better late than never, right?
Going gold in September is an effort to raise awareness about childhood cancer. It’s tough to think about. Even tougher to look straight in the eye without blinking and turning your head away. I think we’d all prefer to pretend this wasn’t an issue. It’s just too painful to think about. Cancer is bad enough when it attacks adults, but children? Nobody wants to admit that such a horrible thing can happen.
And yet it does. Many of us have been forced to face it even though we don’t want to. I haven’t had to face it directly, and I pray that I never do, but childhood cancer has taken aim at people I know and love, and that’s not okay with me.
The American Childhood Cancer Organization wants to raise awareness about childhood cancer and improve survival rates of some forms of childhood cancer. Every 3 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer somewhere in the world. Every 3 minutes! That’s staggering.
Thanks to this committed group of parents and the ACCO Board of Directors in 1997, childhood cancer now has an internationally-recognized symbol—the Gold Ribbon—and the ACCO continues its core mission to raise awareness of the Gold Ribbon and everything it represents: the courage and strength of every childhood cancer patient, the struggle to improve the still dismal survival rates of some forms of childhood cancer, the push to develop new treatments to replace the 30-year-old drug protocols still used today, and the need to help the 95% of childhood cancer survivors who suffer long-term, serious health problems stemming directly from their cancer treatment. In other words, the Gold Ribbon represents a united stand in the fight against childhood cancer and the ongoing search for new and innovative treatment options.
So take a stand. If you have some money to spare, make a donation to help fund research. If nothing else, stop for a minute and absorb the realities about childhood cancer and the effect it has on the kids and their families.