Local family seeks support for research into childhood cancer treatment
September is an important month for the community of families with their children who are battling childhood cancer. September – recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – is a time to show support and raise these families through prayer and, if possible, make a donation to an organization that supports cancer research in children.
According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, every three minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer around the world.
About 40,000 children are on active treatment at any given time.
The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation states that only 4% of the billions of dollars the government spends on cancer research each year goes to treating childhood cancer.
Every day, 43 children in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with cancer, with cancer being the leading cause of death from disease in children. Over 95% of childhood cancer survivors have significant health problems due to current treatment options.
Local child Journey Cummins has been cancer free for three and a half years. His scans remain clear with no sign of illness. Her parents pray over her body daily and several times throughout the day for continued healing.
“She is a real miracle. I will continue to recount his journey to share the conscience, but oh, I can’t wait to hear him tell his own story of God’s grace someday soon! said her mother, Tara Cummins.
The Cummins ask others to imagine a loved one with cancer – your child, grandchild, brother, sister, niece or nephew.
There aren’t many treatment options designed specifically to treat children, according to Cummins.
The only treatment options are adult therapy from the 1960s, with debilitating and long-lasting side effects. If children survive, they often do so with disabilities, with a 95% chance of developing chronic health problems, secondary cancers, cognitive impairments, and shortened lifespans due to harsh medical treatments, Cummins said.
This is the reality of families battling childhood cancer.
You can donate to support pediatric cancer research by donating to one of the Cummins family’s favorite organizations working on childhood cancer: