The Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance wants to see these statistics change. The Alliance hopes to be the driving force in increasing awareness of childhood cancer and enhancing support for the young people fighting this disease—and the clinicians and researchers who are helping them.
In 2011, 13 organizations kicked off Childhood Cancer Awareness month by launching a new initiative to help fight childhood cancer. The Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance was created to be the driving force in increasing awareness of childhood cancer and enhancing support for the young people fighting this disease as well as the clinicians and researchers who are helping them. The alliance is comprised of organizations with a common goal — to care for children living with cancer and to cure the disease.
“We’ve made great strides in the search for a cure for childhood cancer over the past 25 years, but we have to do much more to save the lives of countless children,” said Howard Katzenstein, M.D., Director of the Innovative Therapy Program at the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Director of Clinical Research at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Emory School of Medicine. “These wonderful organizations within the Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance are stimulating research, caring for kids with cancer, raising awareness of the disease – and want others to join in the fight to save lives.”
Dr. Katzenstein stated, “Technology has come such a long way in helping to find the genes that might be linked to causing cancer. Also, there are new biologic drugs used for cancer testing and some have no side effects. Children’s is one of the biggest programs for childhood cancer across the nation with its doctors’ expertise. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has access to medicines that other hospitals don’t have as the largest pediatric healthcare system in the country as a group. ” (Aug 2011 interview at Children’s Museum of Atlanta launch of initiative).
To find out more about the Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance and how to get involved through member organizations, please visit www.stopchildhoodcancer.org. Every person you educate, every hour you volunteer and every dollar you donate makes a difference.
Please find information on Stop Childhood Cancer at CHOA.org.
Original article written September 2011. Updated September 12, 2018.