Journal entry by Trish Richhart

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  It is also Leukemia Awareness Month.  These are two things that are now very near and dear to me.  While many people know about Breast Cancer Awareness in October as the world is flooded with pink ribbons, very few hear anything about childhood cancer.  Perhaps this lack of awareness about childhood cancer has something to do with the lack of funding for researching cures and treatment for it. The American Cancer Society directs less than 1% toward childhood cancer research.   Less than 4% of government funding for cancer research helps children.  To put that in perspective, prostate cancer alone gets 6% which is more than ALL childhood cancers combined.  That seems wrong.
 
Childhood cancers are different than adult cancers.  While new protocols and drugs are constantly being developed for adult cancers, there are practically none being developed for children with cancer.  Kids like Samuel pay the price.  He faced harsh chemo drugs, some that were developed in the 60s.  There are literally no tested protocols for the type of leukemia he had.  None.  His doctors had to make educated guesses on what would be the most effective against his leukemia.  Ultimately, it was Samuel's treatment, not the leukemia, that killed him.  
 
Childhood cancer is on the rise and there needs to be more research into better treatment for our children.  Please help me spread awareness.  If you are looking for a good place to donate funds and be assured that it will actually find it's way to childhood cancer research, you can support Alex's Lemonade Stand, St. Baldricks, or Rally Foundation.  Closer to home, donations may be made to Riley Hospital and designated for research.  Even more importantly, pray.  Pray for for the children and families affected by cancer and pray for cures to be discovered.

Still trusting in His mighty hand,
Trish
 
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