Originally Published Sep 5, 2011
Every day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. This number is comparable to the average classroom size. This number motivated the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer and Research and Jay’s HOPE to do something for children affected by this disease in Georgia.
Cancer is a battle too many young children and teenagers must face. Cancer is the leading cause of death, by disease, among U.S. children from birth to age 14. Annually, more than 10,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed—approximately 46 children and adolescents every day.
In recognition of childhood cancer and to increase awareness in Georgia, Senate Resolution 119 was passed recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation on August 30th in support of children battling cancer and declared September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and local partners are working to increase awareness of childhood cancer. As public health professionals, our role is to educate and encourage early detection of diseases and help improve the quality of life. Senate Resolution 119 underscores the impact of cancer childhood cancer. To know that on any given day approximately 46 children are diagnosed with cancer is sobering. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood cancer deaths are declining. However, cancer is still the second most common cause of death among children between the ages of one and 14 years old, surpassed only accidents. During the month of September, DPH will highlight the most common cancers diagnosed in children: leukemia (cancer of the bone and blood) brain, and central nervous system cancers.
"Each month, approximately 400 children in Georgia will be diagnosed with some form of cancer," says Dr. Kimberly Redding, Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs in the Department of Public Health. "We support the work of Jay's HOPE and the Rally Foundation. These partners help us increase awareness of childhood cancer. They also go a step further and promote cancer research and support families affected by cancer."
In the last five years, Jay's HOPE has provided support to over 450 children affected by cancer. “The vision of Jay’s HOPE is to improve the quality of life for families with children diagnosed with cancer in middle Georgia. By providing them with social, emotional, financial, and spiritual support we give them hope,” said Cindy Gaskins, Founder and Director of Jay’s HOPE.
The Rally Foundation, Inc., which focuses on childhood cancer research, is organizing the 46 Faces of Rally campaign during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Rally Foundation chose the name 46 Faces of Rally because of the alarming statistic that every day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. The 46 Faces of Rally campaign will raise awareness, and funds, to support research for childhood cancer. The campaign will feature 46 Rally Kids who are survivors who have fought or are currently fighting cancer.