"Time for Change"
When Cole went from perfectly healthy to lying on his death bed in eight weeks, it opened our eyes to this world of Pediatric Cancer. Imagine being in a position where the Doctors are administering the best treatments known to man and it seems to be doing absolutely nothing in the progression of the tumors. We literally were in a position that our hands were tied behind our backs with nothing to do! Truly, “It’s Time for Change!”
Please watch this "Featured Video." It will help you realize what this monster, "Cancer," did in our lives. We never imagined Childhood Cancer would become such a personal issue for us. Let me ask you something.
- Do you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month?
- Did you know that 46 kids get diagnosed with cancer every day school is in session?
- Do you know that Breast Cancer Research took in over $500 million dollars more than Pediatric Cancer Research last year?
- Did you know that our government spent $14 billion dollars on the space program and $35 million dollars on Childhood Cancer Research?
Here is a suggestion, maybe if everyone watched this "Featured Video" along with all of the home video’s of the thousands of kids suffering just to determine whether or not there is life here on Earth? Could we then justify $14 billion in space and $35 million fighting for our future. These are OUR children we are fighting for! Look at these pictures! What is it going to take to make a difference? Can we ask you something? If we started putting dollar signs on these kids, would that make a difference? I'm not sure on other states, but I know that Michigan gives $6,500 per kid for school. So, here is some dollar figures for you to think about: 46 kids per school day = 8,280 kids afflicted per year. Now, if you multiply that by $6,500, you get $53,820,000! Now multiply that by 12 years of school these kids lost out on, and it equals $645,840,000.
"It's Time For Change."
CHILDHOOD CANCER MONTH
Septemer was declared National Childhood Cancer Awareness month
Each year, thousands of children face the battle against cancer with inspiring hope and incredible bravery. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, an entire family and community are affected. The devotion of parents, grandparents, loved ones,and friends creates a treasured network of support these courageous children. During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we honor the young lives taken too soon and the survivors who face chronic health challenges, we celebrate the progress made in treatment and recovery, and we rededicate ourselves to fighting this disease so all children may have the chance to live a full and healthy life.
While survival rates for many childhood cancers have risen sharply over the past few decades, cancer is still the leading cause of death by disease for young Americans between infancy and age 15. Too many families have been touched by cancer and its consequences, and we must work together to control, and ultimately defeat, this destructive disease. I invite all Americans to visit Cancer.gov for more information and resources about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood cancers.
Tragically, the causes of cancer in children are largely unknown. Until these illnesses can be cured, my Administration will continue to support investments in research and treatment. The National Cancer Institute, the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research, is supporting national and international studies examining the risk factors and possible causes of childhood cancers.
The health reforms included in the landmark Affordable Care Act advance critical protections for individuals facing cancer. Provisions in the law prohibit insurance companies from limiting or denying coverage to individuals participating in clinical trials, the cornerstone of cancer research. After recovering from cancer, children can no longer be denied insurance coverage due to a pre-existing condition. It also requires all new plans to provide preventive services without charging copayments, deductibles, or coinsurance, increasing access to regular checkups that can help detect and treat childhood cancers earlier. The Affordable Care Act eliminates annual and lifetime caps on insurance coverage and prohibits companies from dropping coverage if someone gets sick, giving patients and families the peace of mind that their insurance will cover the procedures their doctors recommend.
This month, we pay tribute to the health-care professionals, researchers, private philanthropies, social support organizations, and parent advocacy groups who work together to provide hope and help to families and find cures for childhood cancers. Together, we will carry on their work toward a future in which cancer no longer threatens the lives of our Nation's children.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2010 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I also encourage all Americans to join me in recognizing and reaffirming our commitment to fighting childhood cancer.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
President of the United States