Last year, President Obama declared September National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. These 30 days will be dedicated to honoring children and families affected by this large array of devastating diseases, along with rallying support for groundbreaking research. Though an average of 36 children are diagnosed with cancer daily and pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of disease-related death in children, other cancer awareness campaigns—think pink—tend to dominate the national conversation. Numerous foundations and hospitals work hard to improve innovative and kid-friendly treatments, but ultimately, a unified push to raise awareness is the best way to ensure researchers get the recognition, thus the financial support, they need to save lives.
One way to support this campaign is to read up on the realities of families affected by childhood cancer. Deemed “comprehensive, encouraging, and pragmatic” by Library Journal, Childhood Cancer: A Parent’s Guide to Solid Tumor Cancers is a newly updated edition which contains the information families need during their battles back to health. Reviewed by renowned experts in childhood cancer, the book includes descriptions of the newest treatments—such as computer-assisted surgery, tandem stem cell transplants, and targeted therapies—as well as practical advice about how to cope with diagnosis, medical procedures, hospitalization, school, and finances. Woven throughout the text are true stories from more than 100 children with cancer, their siblings, and their parents.
The book’s publisher, Childhood Cancer Guides, is gearing up for an extra meaningful September, spending the entire month promoting tangible support efforts. Their “Help 1,000 Families” campaign, for example, encourages people to buy a book on sale and give it to the family of a kid with cancer, a pediatric oncology clinic, a child life department, or a public library. They are also sending out more than 400 copies of Childhood Cancer to every Ronald McDonald House library and children’s hospital library in the US and Canada.
Help us get this guide into the hands of families that desperately need it. Through September, Childhood Cancer is 20% off for 1 copy (use code CHILD) or 30% off for 2 copies (use code CHILD30). Our goal is for 1,000 families to receive a copy of this important book by the end of the month.
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