Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During this time, we focus our energy on what we can do to educate ourselves, spread the word and assist with research towards childhood cancer. Did you know… Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. And in the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease—more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined!
Participate, donate, and spread the word!
Every year, Foster’s IGA participates in Hannah’s Heroes: The Big Shave.
This year, the event will take place on Friday 28 September, at Cricket Square.
Over the past 5 years Hannah, the Cayman community, and Hannah’s Heroes have raise $1.6 million USD for St Baldrick’s to fund the most promising childhood cancer research worldwide. Hannah’s Heroes have funded 6 separate research grants at some of the most prestigious research institutes across the US, where researchers are working on life-changing treatments and cures.
However, we still need to do more, shockingly only 4 chemotherapy drugs have been approved by the FDA specifically for childhood cancer in the past 30 years, compared to 100s of drugs for adult cancers. What’s more, nearly all of the chemo drugs still used on children were developed in the 1970s.
Sadly, since the last Big Shave, there have been at least three more children in Cayman diagnosed with cancer and tragically, one lost his battle earlier this year; we need your help more than ever. Here are a few pics from throughout the years.