Yellow Out for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Yellow Out for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Katee Dalton, Contributor

As Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is coming to an end, come to the Bob Jones football game on 9/30/22 and wear yellow to represent Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

September has been Childhood Awareness Month since 2012 and still continues to be acknowledged annually every year since then. There are many fundraisers raising money for kids with cancer. One example of this is the Mini-THON program. They have raised more than 58 million dollars for childhood cancer. Although childhood cancer is rare, approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday, so it’s very important to bring awareness to the children who suffer with this disease. 

Fortunately, childhood cancers are highly treatable now. According to Yale Medicine, more than 80 percent of kids who get cancer survive five years or longer. The main types of cancer that develop in children are leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, and lymphoma. 

The Childhood Cancer Awareness Month cancer ribbon color is gold. While usual cancer ribbons represent only one type of cancer, the gold cancer ribbon represents all types of cancer affecting young children.

Some ways to show support are to pin a gold ribbon to your shirt to show awareness to the children. Donate time. A lot of non-profits could use an extra hand as a volunteer. Make cancer gift baskets. You can fill the basket with things for the children to have fun with and to pass the time with. And finally, probably the most obvious, donate to fundraisers raising money for childhood cancer. 

Bringing awareness to topics like this is important because we need to be aware of what is happening in the world and how we can help people.