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Children's Cancer Research Falls Short

Despite Fundraising and Grants

By Amy Wilkie, Copy Editor
On April 24, 2019

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According to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes. which is long enough to order a coffee, log into your laptop or even sit through a TV commercial break. 

It is equivalent to numerous children every day being impacted. The CDC website states that after accidents, cancer  the second leading cause of death in children ages 5-14.  

For something seemingly common and deadly, the funding for it is subpar. Through my own experiences, I was personally told by the National Cancer Institute that childhood cancer research only gets 4 percent of their allocated funds. The reasoning cited was that there are not enough children that have cancer. 

There is a plethora of organizations that help raise money in the fight against childhood cancer. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation hosts head shaving events where people are able to raise money and have their head shaved. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a well-known institution exclusively for children with cancer and cancer-like syndromes. At St. Jude’s, families never receive a bill for traveling, treatments or lodging.  

Love Your Melon is a company that sells knitted hats and other items. They donate 50 percent of their profits to research.  

Dance Marathon is a nationwide event hosted by colleges and universities. It is typically a 24-hour event where students meet patients from their local children’s hospital and enjoy various amounts of entertainment along with dancing while raising money. 

Kirkwood Community College hosts one every year with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. 

 Despite philanthropic efforts, there has not been nearly the advancements in children’s cancer research and treatment as there has been for adults, despite adult success and improvements often being based off of research from children.  

As a society, we should be the voice of the ones that are vulnerable and dependent. Kids are resilient and deserve to graduate, get married, start their own families and possibly be the ones that discover the cure for a disease they fought for so long. 

It is my opinion that organizations  such as The National Institute of Cancer need to fill the gap between funding and help end the war on childhood cancer.

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