CURE Childhood Cancer Honors Anna Hanger

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join us today, September 12, 2009 as CURE Childhood Cancer honors CURE Kid Anna Hanger. Join our fight as CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time! Donate to Anna’s Fund.

Anna Hanger PhotoAnna Hanger’s Story:

A note from Anna:

As you know, I have found my own way to bring comfort to pediatric cancer patients. But CURE gives a kind of hope that I cannot give. Over the last six years I have seen so many suffering children. Many of these children are my friends. I have seen their pain and the only advice I can give is to tell them to pray and keep fighting. Unfortunately, sometimes fighting back isn’t enough and prayers are not always answered the way we want. I’ve lost quite a few friends and without a cure that will not end anytime soon.

While pediatric cancer patients are in the hospital fighting for their lives, other children are living a normal life. Many take for granted the small pleasures of childhood like going to school, to a movie theater, or even just to a friend’s house. For a child who is fighting cancer, enjoying these things becomes impossible. Even for the lucky few who, like me, are in remission, life is anything but simple. We are all left with handicaps that limit our activities and complicate everything. Hearing loss, bone degeneration, and ataxia are just a few of the issues left behind by both cancer and the treatments. There are also many families that fall apart under the stress of cancer, leaving the children to deal with divorce, too.

I can’t tell you how much your donation to CURE would mean to me. Your donations could help save thousands of children’s lives.

A note from Lisa and Larry:

We fought this monster that almost took our only child’s life, and we recognize every day how blessed we are to have her. We feel called to stay connected to this world of pediatric cancer and help care for those who are still fighting, and for the families of those who lose the fight. One out of five children diagnosed with cancer dies. We pray every single day though for a time when none of these children or their loved ones will need us. We pray – no, we plead for a CURE.

It’s difficult to find accurate statistics on American Cancer Society fund distributions; however, we do know that it has recently been documented that only .7% of their funding was designated for pediatric cancer research. (Not 7% – .7%). That isn’t even one penny of every dollar. But the research being funded by CURE Childhood Cancer leaves us hopeful and excited. Unlike so many other organizations, there is little overhead or bureaucracy to impede the process. The research funded by CURE is so promising and we know that a potential cure for one of the deadliest childhood cancers of all is not far away. Once that is realized, several other cancers will begin to fall like dominoes in their quest to take our children from us. It is an emotionally depleting world to live in, but filled with so much promise, too. Other than Anna’s Angel Fund, there is no pediatric cancer related organization we think more highly of or believe more strongly in than CURE Childhood Cancer. We would cherish any gift you can give in honor of Anna, in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to help us move closer to a CURE! Thank you in advance for your support!

About September & CURE’S Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time:

September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This September, CURE Childhood Cancer has committed to raising awareness and raising money to help find a cure for childhood cancer in our lifetime and put an end to this terrible disease through a special program CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time!

Please help us in our goal of raising $30,000 in the month of September while honoring special CURE kids each day of the month who have been affected by childhood cancer.

For more information, please click here.

About CURE Childhood Cancer:

Founded in 1975, CURE Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through research, education and support of patients and their families. Since its establishment as a grass-roots organization, CURE has focused its efforts on improving the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with cancer.

The founders, parents and a dedicated pediatric oncologist, joined forces to support laboratory research that would translate into immediate care for children with cancer.

Since that time, CURE has raised millions of dollars to fund cutting edge research at the Aflac Cancer Center Blood Disorders Service at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine.

Through innovative programming, CURE also provides support for stricken families, providing them comfort and support during their time of devastating need.

Donate to Anna’s Fund 

Visit us online at www.curechildhoodcancer.org for more information.

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