During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Funds Raised to Support Nationwide Clinical Trials for Children in Need of Hope
For Immediate Release – Califon, NJ – September 13, 2016 – Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (CFKC), the national non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for childhood cancer treatments, is honoring National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September with its third annual 50 States Challenge, now underway across the U.S. Today, on the 8th anniversary of the launch of the national non-profit, CFKC has confirmed individuals and businesses in all 50 states will be hosting events throughout the month in a show of nationwide solidarity behind pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. Last year’s 50 State Challenge inspired 450 events in all 50 states, raising more than $210,000 towards childhood cancer research through bake sales, 5K races, spirit days, and more.
“When Cookies for Kids’ Cancer first started, our hope was that people would get involved and be ‘Good Cookies’ by having an event in their community. Now, eight years later, it really has become a national movement,” says co-founder Gretchen Witt. “Since 2008, we’ve had more than 7,000 events in 15 countries, and we’ve granted more than $10 million towards 80 research projects resulting in 34 new cancer treatments children receive today. And we’re not stopping there!”
This year, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will designate all money raised during September’s 50 States Challenge to the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Phase 1 Clinical Trial Consortium, which is considered the premier children’s cancer research organization in the world. Clinical trials work to identify and develop effective new agents specifically for children and adolescents with cancer. Nearly 13,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year, but when divided into the many different kinds of children’s cancer, the number of children with each is relatively small. In research, large numbers of patients are critical to ensuring that study results are meaningful. By enrolling patients from many hospitals in the same trial, the results become statistically significant. This approach is called cooperative research and is how the COG functions.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer donates two times more money than the federal government to children enrolled in the Children’s Oncology Group’s Phase 1 Clinical Trial Consortium. The alarming lack of federal funding that goes to pediatric cancer research was the impetus of the CFKC foundation. Less than four percent of the US government’s multi-billion budget is directed towards children’s cancer research. In other words, only $3 in every $100 of federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancers. Yet, the facts of pediatric cancer make it clear that this is nowhere near enough:
- Childhood cancer is the most common disease to kill children in the United States.
- Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide; every day 36 children are diagnosed in the U.S.
- One in five kids diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive.
Furthermore, two out of every three children who survive pediatric cancer will develop long-term side effects as a result of the treatments, including hearing and vision impairment, learning delays, disabilities and secondary cancers. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer’s mission is to fund research into less toxic treatments that will help change the statistics and ensure that children diagnosed with cancer not only survive, but also aren’t impacted by life-threatening risks and long-term side effects.
Friends of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer:
Also kicking off in September, OXO, the manufacturer of innovative housewares and kitchen tools, is pledging to match, dollar for dollar, funds raised from grassroots events hosted by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer supporters. This match will continue through National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month until the year’s end. OXO has pledged to donate up to $100,000.
ASICS America Corporation has designed a collection of sneakers to raise funds for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as part of its 2016 Accelerate Hope™ line of running shoes. Now in its fourth year, the program has raised more than $350,000 toward pediatric cancer research. Asics will donate $10 for every pair of sneakers sold between now and November 30th, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000, up to $150,000. The collection features a gold ribbon stitched on the heel, the official color of childhood cancer.
To learn more about the 50 States Challenge or the Be a Good Cookie™ movement, visit the website: cookiesforkidscancer.org.
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