Cancer just plain sucks for any of us, but there are no words to describe that pit in the stomach parents feel when they’re told their child has cancer. Every day the parents of 43 kids hear those words.
These kids are brave and exhibit courage above and beyond their years.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time to honor and remember children and families attacked by cancer, and help support groundbreaking research.
You can help. Join the Children’s Hospital of Michigan “Cancer Destroyers” for the 2016 Detroit CureSearch Walk on the Detroit Riverfront on September 24. The 1.5-mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, 1340 Atwater St.
“While we hear so much in the national media about caring for children with cancer at high-profile institutions, it is so important to recognize the impact of childhood cancer right here in Metro Detroit,” says Wendi Henning, clinical social worker in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of the premier hospitals in Michigan treating kids with cancer. In addition to the superior medical care provided to each of our patients, there is also a great deal of research occurring right here in Detroit.
“Cure Search recognizes the impact of funding research here in Metro Detroit and is available to assist with funding right here for our kids in Michigan. We are proud to host a walk right down the street from a world class pediatric cancer center on the Detroit Riverfront,” she says.
The need is great. Here are some figures you should know.
During the month of September 25,000 families around the world will get the horrible news that their child or teen has cancer and 6,667 families will experience the loss of a child. Those are horrible, horrible statistics and what’s worse, more children are being diagnosed with cancer today than ever before.
There are three registration options for the CureSearch Walk:
- Adult Walker – Age 16 and up: $10. This amount jump starts your fundraising efforts and is fully tax deductible.
- Virtual Walker: $10. If you are unable to attend the Walk in person, you can still help raise funds to end children’s cancer as a Virtual Walker.
- Child Walker – Age 15 and under: No fee.
The goal is to raise $40,000. As of right now they have raised a little more than $24,000.
Encourage your friends, family and co-workers to form a team. No participation is too small. Your donation supports CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the cure for children’s cancer by driving innovation, eliminating research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems.
To learn more about the Detroit CureSearch Walk, please visit www.CureSearchWalk.org/detroit.