(FOX 26) - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
There are many things people can do to get involved, and the reasons are so important.
Each year in the U.S., an estimated 15,780 children aged 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization.
About 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. Sadly, every 3 minutes a family hears the devastating words that their child has been diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children in America.
So here are some ways you can help affected kids and their families.
Get involved with childhood cancer organizations
You can join, volunteer or donate to organizations dedicated to childhood cancer.
- American Childhood Cancer Organization
- The Periwinkle Foundation
- Snowdrop Foundation
- Sunshine Kids
Contribute to finding a cure
Although the 5-year-survival rate for childhood cancers has gone up to 80 percent, cancer is still the number one killer of children by disease, so find a cure is crucial.
Treating cancer often requires blood and platelets transfusions. Donating blood only takes about 30 minutes to an hour, but can help save the lives of sick children.
Support a family directly
Families who are facing cancer are under a lot of stress, so offering a helping hand can lift quite a burden. Here are a few things you can do:
- Offer to visit at home or the hospital
- Bring a meal or treat
- Run errands
- Take care of their kids