September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

In the United States, approximately 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year and approximately one-fourth of them will not survive the disease, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) website.

Because of this, the ACCO has made September the National Childhood Cancer Awareness month in order to raise funds to promote research and family support.

(KFVS) - Childhood cancers tend to be more aggressive than adult cancers, according to the ACCO. The most common childhood cancers include bone cancer, leukemia and brain cancer.

The ACCO promotes groups and individuals to contribute in raising funds for awareness. Schools can participate in PJammin for Kids with Cancer, where students can pay $1 to wear pajamas to school.

Businesses and organizations can participate in a Go Gold event, where participants incorporate gold, the symbol of childhood cancer. The ACCO provides gold ribbons and fliers to promote the organization's gold event, as well as free event planning consultations.

Individuals can also get involved by purchasing awareness kits to support and promote research.

Click here for more information about National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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