Two words that can change a family in an instant. As parents, we will do anything to protect our children from harm. We make sure they get on the bus safely every morning, we teach them to stay away from strangers, we pay close attention to their coughs and fevers. But what do we do when we can’t protect them? When the danger comes from inside their little, defenseless bodies? When our children are diagnosed with cancer?
We fight. Together, we take a stand against childhood cancer. Whether we have healthy children, sick children, or no children at all—we fight. We do everything we can to protect our children from disease.
Childhood Cancer Facts
According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States. The causes of most childhood cancers are not known.
In 2014, it is estimated that over 15,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer. Nearly 2,000 of these children will die of their disease.
The most common types of childhood cancer are:
- Brain and central nervous tumors
- Wilms tumor
- Bone cancer
- Gonadal germ cell tumors
There have been great medical strides in childhood cancer research and treatment. Since 1975, America has seen the survival rate of children with cancer rise from 50% to 80%.
At Urgent Care for Kids, we want to see that rise to 100%, which is why we are teaming up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this holiday season.
“The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.” – St. Jude’s Mission Statement
Urgent Care for Kids shares St. Jude’s passion for providing quality, affordable pediatric medical care, and we are thrilled to be sponsors of the annual “St. Jude Give thanks. Walk.” On November 22nd, the fight against childhood cancer will take a giant step forward as 65 cities around the nation walk to raise money to treat and defeat childhood cancer. Dr. Duck will be cheering on walkers in both Houston and Austin as they give up their Saturday mornings to do good for children they might not even know.
We would love to see you there! For more information on how to get involved click here.