7 Exciting Things Happening To Further Awareness And Research For Childhood Cancer This Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the month, we will be highlighting the stories of those affected, as well as the people who come to their aid and help bring awareness to the issue.

During this month, it's so important to shine light on all that still needs to be done to further awareness about childhood cancer. After all, approximately 15,700 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, making it the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14.  

But while it is important we keep fighting for the cause and raising money for research, it is just as important to recognize those who are already making positive strides to this end. Recognizing the good that's happening helps give us more hope for the future. 

So, without further ado, here are just a few great things happening in the world that are helping to raise awareness for this very important cause. 



1. The Cancer Research U.K. is championing further research and support so there will be kinder, effective treatments for kids.

Cancer Research U.K. is doing its part to raise awareness for childhood cancer this month, and has released a video featuring four kids and their parents recounting their experiences with cancer. The video champions further research and support so there will be kinder, effective treatments for kids. It also gives an important inside look into the experiences of some of these families, helping viewers have a great understanding.  

2. The singers who are providing hope for those battling childhood cancer.

Lecrae and Tori Kelly collaborated on a song entitled "I'll Find You," which helps to support those battling childhood cancer at St. Jud Children's Hospital. The video was shot at Glendale Memorial Hospital in L.os Angeles, and a studio in Memphis with actual patients from St. Jude's.

3. The scientists who created 12 models of pediatric cancer.

According to Mother Nature Network, a team of U.S. scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), has created models for 12 common types of childhood cancer and shared them with the world to help researchers test how they react to various treatments. The models featured include Neuroblastoma, Wilms tumors, Osteosarcoma, and High-grade sarcoma. 

"They're making the samples available for free to the scientific community by publishing their data in the journal Nature. This new wealth of information is predicted to break open many areas of childhood cancer research," reports Mother Nature Network.  

4. The campaign that is raising awareness about childhood cancer by lighting up iconic landmarks worldwide.

The Glow Gold September campaign was established to raise awareness about childhood cancer during September by illuminating iconic landmarks and buildings around the world in gold.

5. The latest video by the Children's Cancer Research Fund that helps raise awareness and funds.



 Children's Cancer Research Fund has released a video of child cancer survivors being asked questions such as, "What is cancer?" "What superpower would you use to fight cancer?" and "What would you call the people working to fight cancer?" The video highlights how for every $1 donated, researchers can secure an additional $18 in funding to end childhood cancer.

6. The new research which could help us treat childhood cancer more effectively.

BioMed Central reports new research was published in Genome Medicine that looked at neoepitopes, new versions of proteins or peptides that can be produced following cancer-specific mutations. "They find that a large fraction of childhood cancers harbor mutations that generate specific neoepitopes making them promising targets for cancer immunotherapy."

7. The news that gene therapy for childhood leukemia has been approved.

Patient Daily recently reported that the first gene therapy treatment for children and young adults suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) gained FDA approval at the end of August 2017. It's significant as it's the most common form of cancer with 3,000 cases diagnosed each year. It's meant to be used with caution due to possible long-term side effects, but it's still promising.

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