Each September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we’d love you to ‘Go Gold and Give’ by getting your family, friends or business involved.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month was first proclaimed by former US President Obama in 2010. Since then it has become a global initiative, raising awareness for childhood cancer.
The Gold Ribbon is the International Awareness Symbol of Childhood Cancer, with gold being the international colour of childhood cancer awareness.
Childhood Cancer Statistics:
- Each year, more than 1,000 children and adolescents in Australia – and 300,000 children worldwide – are diagnosed with cancer.
- Cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia.
- When a child dies from cancer, an average 70 potential years of life are lost.
- Every week, about three children and adolescents in Australia – and 1,500 children worldwide – die from cancer.
- 70% of children who survive cancer suffer long-term effects from their treatment.
Source: Children’s Cancer Institute 2021
Locally, in South Australia, the Childhood Cancer Association receives an average of 55 referrals each year, for children newly diagnosed with cancer. In addition to this an average of 10 children relapse and 11 children pass away from cancer every year.
At present, the Childhood Cancer Association supports more than 400 families affected by childhood cancer.
Go Gold & Give! You can help the Childhood Cancer Association help more families more often by checking out the Childhood Cancer Association website for more information or making a one-off tax-deductible donation here.