Did you know that every September, we celebrate childhood cancer awareness throughout the month?
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
The Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) is an annual international awareness month celebrated every September. The CCAM is aimed at raising support, funding and awareness of childhood cancer that children diagnosed with cancer go through. It is also aimed in raising awareness of the impact for sufferers and families of sufferers of childhood cancer goes through.
Did you know that the event is symbolised by a gold ribbon, worn to commemorate the event and throughout the month, people take part in fundraising towards diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer. These funds are used towards research on prevention and cure.
Impact on Children and Parents
Childhood cancer is devastating to growth and development in children, and devastating to their families and friends. At a time when young people should be focusing on school, play and socialising, if they have cancer, their focus can be on medication, operations, and what life they have left.
Parents of childhood cancer sufferers have the anguish of watching their children suffer, and the stress of decisions on medications and treatments as well as decisions on time of work for themselves and time off school for the child. And worst, trying to explain to a child what is happening to them and answering the resulting questions on life and faith, and worst of all is the loss of a child to cancer, a devastation that can never be put right.
Currently, cancer still leads as the primary cause of childhood deaths. Each year about 300,000 children between the age of 0-19 years are diagnosed with cancer. Their rate of dying from cancer is much higher if they’re from low-income areas where there is little knowledge about cancer treatment.
Create Meaningful Conversations on Funky Fridays With Bo
For the month of September, the podcast, Funky Fridays With Bo will be dedicating a series of conversation with parents of cancer sufferers. In these series of conversations, we aim to educate the public on childhood cancer and create awareness by creating meaningful conversations with podcast as its medium. Our hope is that everyone can learn from the parent’s experience and gain some insights of what the children with cancer goes through. With awareness, there is hope. Spread the word!