Most of us are kids, right? Well there’s a lot we can’t change in this world. but there is some stuff we can do.
Do u guys know what childhood cancer is?
So many kids in the USA and beyond suffer from it and it’s not fair. For 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) budget was $4.93 billion. It is anticipated that childhood cancer received 4% of that sum or $198 million. And there are a lot of types of childhood cancer so if you split the money between all the different types, each individual cancer isn’t getting enough money. Many families are drowning under hospital bills. We need to help.We need to make it so parents will never have to bury their child. So siblings don’t have to say goodbye forever.
one cancer that is relatively unknown and I want to bring attention to is called dipg. Actually, Neil admstromg’s daughter had dipg yet there is still very little awareness. I know about it because a kid in a neighboring town was diagnosed with it and sadly passed away a few months ago at the age of 5
What is dipg
There is still no effective treatment and no chance of survival. Only 10% of children with DIPG survive for 2 years following their diagnosis, and less than 1% survive for 5 years. The median survival time is 9 months from diagnosis.
What is DIPG? Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a brain tumor found in a part of the brain stem called the pons. The pons controls essential bodily functions such as heartbeat, breathing, swallowing, eye movement, eyesight, and balance. As a DIPG tumor begins to grow, it puts pressure on the nerves that control the essential bodily functions regulated by the pons. Children with DIPG commonly experience double vision, reduced eye movement, facial weakness or asymmetry, and arm and leg weakness. They also have problems with walking, coordination, speech, chewing, and swallowing. As the tumor progresses, it also interferes with breathing and heartbeat, which ultimately results in the child’s ■■■■■. There are certain treatments that can help to lengthen a child’s life but they often come with extreme side effects
I’m aware that there are a bazillion other types of childhood cancers but today I’m raising awareness specifically for dipg and childhood cancer in general
Why did I suddenly decide to do this? Well I could be diagnosed with cancer tomorrow. You could be diagnosed with cancer tmrw. We never know so we should make a difference while we can. Do you want to help me? All I’m asking is for you to make a gold ribbon on hopscotch. Spread the word around hopscotch. Awareness helps. If you would like to help even more, feel free to donate to some of the gofundmes attached (but no I am not forcing you to)
I was thinking that maybe we could feature and rasise awareness for a different type of childhood cancer each week.