About Pediatric Cancer Foundation
As we begin this summer's Sportsathon, we continue to work towards the success of our mission in our efforts to cure childhood cancer. Pediatric Cancer Foundation supports patient care, funds research, and provides seed money to finance new protocols and therapies for diseases that were once unbeatable. Therapies for cancer patients are perpetually evolving and much has been done, but there is still more work to do.
For over 45 years Pediatric Cancer Foundation has been committed to these goals. Over the past years we've worked diligently to recruit new friends so we can support the efforts of our doctors and their programs at the following hospitals:
- New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Medical
- Feinstein Institute of Medical Research - Northwell Health
- Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
- Comer Children's Hospital, The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences
Originated in Westchester in 1970, Pediatric Cancer Foundation now has chapters located in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Various fundraising events in addition to the annual Sportsathon are planned throughout the year. They include annual Luncheons, Evening Galas, Sportsathons, and Walkathons. Our supporters continue to create their own special projects to benefit Pediatric Cancer Foundation and we are always welcome to new ideas in that effort.
If you would like further information on Pediatric Cancer Foundation or would be interested in getting involved, please call 914-777-3127.
UNDERSTANDING THE DISEASE
We want our donors to know what we're up against:
- In the United States, approximately 10,400 children under the age of 15 -- and roughly 3,700 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 -- are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. That is about the equivalent of two classrooms diagnosed each school day.
- Childhood cancer rates have been incrementally rising for the past few decades, mostly due to improved detection. About 1,250 children younger than 15 are expected to die from cancer in 2016.
- Leukemia and tumors of the brain and nervous system, lymphatic system, kidneys, bones, and muscles are the most common childhood cancers.
- We are continuing to see late deaths of children presumed "cured" due to late relapses, toxicity, and secondary malignancy.
- For every six research dollars per patient with AIDS and every one research dollar per patient with breast cancer, a child with cancer receives 30 cents.
- Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive five years or more. This is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the five-year survival rate was about 58%. However, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors.
Sources: American Cancer Society, CureSearch, and National Cancer Institute
For more information on Pediatric Cancer Foundation, visit pcfweb.org
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