Here at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation we are grateful to have supporters who believe that raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer is imperative. We can all agree that saving the lives of children is important, and in that regard, we wanted to share some facts about childhood cancer with you. In order to do just that, we give you the second “11” list for 2011 –11 forms of childhood cancer. To put faces to the disease, we have also included links to hero stories coinciding with each type of childhood cancer.
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – the most common pediatric cancer, ALL is a tumor or cancer of the blood that starts in the bone marrow and spreads to the bloodstream.
>> Learn about Katelyn Sassin (pictured)
- Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – though this cancer is more common in adults, approximately 500 cases a year are diagnosed in children. This cancer is characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells the bone marrow which interfere with the production of normal blood cells.
>> Learn about Isabella Alcala
- Brain tumors – the most common solid tumors in children, there are many types of brain tumors, including gliomas.
>> Learn about Henry Scheck
- Neuroblastoma – the most common solid tumor in children other than brain tumors, this is a cancer of the central nervous system.
>> Learn about Yano Pournaras
- Osteosarcoma – the most common form of primary bone cancer.
>> Learn about CJ Aubuchon
- Ewings Sarcoma- a disease in which cancer cells are found in the bone or soft tissue. The most common areas to find these cells are the pelvis, femur, humerus, ribs and clavicle.
>> Learn about AJ Gillen
- Rhabdomyosarcoma – a soft tissue cancer that develops in muscles of the head, neck, kidneys, bladder, arms and legs.
>> Learn about Ishani Sathianathan
- Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system.
>> Learn about Greg Purvis
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – other lymphomas which affect the lymph nodes found within the body. These can include Burkitt's, non-Burkitt's and lymphoblastic lymphoma.
>> Learn about Annika Knudson
- Hepatoblastoma – a rare cancerous tumor that originates in the liver.
>> Learn about Willamina Clatyon
- Wilms’ Tumor – a cancer of the kidney occurring in children.
>> Learn about Amanda White