September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month in the United States. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, 15,780 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Childhood Cancer Awareness month is an opportunity to build awareness for the number one disease stealing children’s lives everyday.
Cancer is a word we have all become too familiar with. The disease is attacking families large and small. It does not know race, gender or age. But unlike adult cancer, childhood cancer is much different. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, children are more susceptible to different types of cancer. In addition, the cancer’s progression, treatment and children’s reaction to treatment all differ compared to adults.
The ACCO’s slogan is, “because kids can’t fight cancer alone.” At Fleece & Thank You, we could not agree with them more. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month we wanted to shed light on the organizations in Michigan that are helping children fight cancer every day of the year.
Kid’s Kicking Cancer
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Kids Kicking Cancer’s mission is “to ease the pain of very sick children while empowering them to heal physically, spiritually and emotionally.” By teaching children breathing, visualizing and relaxation techniques, Kid’s Kicking Cancer empowers children with the tools they need to make treatments a little easier. Their founder and director, Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg, understands the depth of hardship families face when a child is diagnosed with cancer because he lost his eldest child to leukemia. He uses his first hand experience and First Degree Black Belt to help empower children and their families through their battle. Fleece & Thank You has partnered with Kid’s Kicking Cancer to ensure their warriors have the comfort and support they need throughout their battles.
Camp Casey is a nonprofit that provides children battling cancer and rare blood disorders with horseback riding programs. They have been serving children in Michigan for over a decade. Casey began her battle with Bone Cancer at the age of 10. During her battle, she acquired a passion for horses which provided comfort to her and her family. Casey lost her battle with cancer at the age of 12. Camp Casey was created to honor Casey and her passion for horses. Fleece & Thank You has partnered with Camp Casey to ensure all their campers have warm and colorful blankets.
Wish Upon a Teen
Wish Upon a Teen is a nonprofit organization that provides teenagers with life limiting conditions the resources they need to normalize their lives. Wish Upon a Teen provides programing to 60 hospitals across the nation. Their main four programs are Design My Room, Spa Day, Evening of Dreams Prom and Family Outings. Fleece & Thank You has partnered with With Wish Upon a Teen by providing them a blanket for a room design and volunteers at prom.
Gilda’s Club Mission is to “ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Our organization creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends.” Gilda’s Club was started in memory of Gilda Radner, an original cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” She passed away in 1989 from Ovarian Cancer. Fleece & Thank You has partnered with Gilda’s Club to provide blankets at their Diagnosis Christmas Party.