According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, more than one in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before turning 20.
The University of Michigan’s Block Out Cancer campaign will run all of September, raising money for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and its creation of new lifesaving treatments for pediatric cancer. You can participate for Block Out Cancer in a variety of ways, including: making a donation, fundraising, buying a T-shirt and spreading awareness on social media with the hashtag #BlockOutCancer.
Only three percent of federal funding for cancer goes toward cancers that impact children, but the University of Michigan continues to break down medical barriers and serve as a leader in discovering new cancer treatment options.
One area of improvement that future cancer treatments look to address is minimizing the effects radiation therapy has on pediatric patients.
“One major problem with current pediatric cancer treatments is the toxicity of radiation is too extreme for children,” said Elizabeth R. Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor for the U-M department of pediatrics and pathology. “Children cannot handle the same level of radiation as adults. The toxicity can lead to lifelong health issues.
“Without research and testing, there cannot be any treatment advances. The money from Block Out Cancer’helps fund this important research.”
WHO DOESN’T LIKE COMPETITION FOR A GOOD CAUSE?
Unlike last year’s Block Out Cancer, the 2016 edition is going intercampus. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will be competing against the University of Wisconsin’s University Hospital to see who can raise the most money. The competition ends on October 1, when the Wisconsin Badgers play the Wolverines in Michigan Stadium.