September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor
and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases.
Give for the Gold. Support Childhood Cancer Awareness.
Blood transfusions donated by volunteer blood donors can help replace red cells, platelets, and plasma in children with cancer.
Why might a pediatric cancer patient need a blood transfusion?
- Children with cancer may not be able to make enough healthy new blood cells, and low blood cell counts can be a side effect of cancer treatment.
- Many drugs used during chemotherapy can slow down blood cell production.
- Surgeries used to treat cancer may lead to blood loss.
- Some cancer treatments cause a loss of platelets which may lead to life-threatening hemorrhages.
Childhood Cancer Statistics
- Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15.
- More than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide every year.
- Every 40 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer in the United States.
- The most common type of cancer in children is Leukemia.
- 1 in 330 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20-years-old.
Take a picture wearing something GOLD during the month of September, and post it to Facebook or Twitter, either tagging Miller-Keystone Blood Center or using #MKBCGivefortheGold!
To schedule your donation, call 800-B-A-DONOR (223-6667) or click here!
Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley
We are proud to be partnering with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) to help raise awareness during the month of September. The PCFLV helps children and families affected by pediatric cancer by providing free and unique programming and support during treatment, survivorship and bereavement.
During the month of September we will be sharing the PCFLV’s 30 Days/30 Stories, these stories celebrate the children we know and love and the brave battles they fight and have fought, with their families by their sides. (Click here to view the stories)