I wouldn't gamble with my life on odds of 1 in 5

1 in 5. That's how many kids won't survive their cancer diagnosis within the first 5 years. 1 in 3 children diagnosed without cancer will not live-out a normal life span, many of them dying before 30. And for those that do survive, life is never normal. Approximately 2/3rds of survivors face life-long side effects. Not to mention the emotional impact it is guaranteed to have on the whole family. Some people say that everyone is aware, but just not acting. I beg to differ. Tomorrow I'm due to give a speech about the lack of research to the social justice group on my campus. None of the members are aware of the lack of funding received by pediatric cancer research. I do agree, however, that awareness is not the only step. A call to action goes hand in hand, and anyone who is truly moved by the stories of children who have not survived or live lives largely affected by side effects will work to make others aware and change the way people view childhood cancer. I encourage you to check out Tying Up Cancer to see how you can volunteer to help join the fight, or make a larger impact if you're already a part. I also encourage you to check out a shirt Tying Up Cacner currently has available here http://www.booster.com/tyingupcancer with any profits also going to pediatric cancer research. The shirt is a perfect conversation starter to let THE WHOLE WORLD HEAR about the pharmaceutical companies who claim pediatric cancer research is unprofitable.

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