Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Conquer Childhood Cancer

Today President Bush signed the "Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act", giving $30 million a year, for the next 5 years. Thank you to all who participated in the email campaign to our representatives in congress.

This is a start, but in can't stop there. The kids are being ignored. It is now understood that we have been fighting cancer the wrong way. Chemo is far to damaging. The new research focus is turning away from killing the disease, and focusing on building up the bodies natural abilities at st oping the disease. This is being done on adult cancers, but ignored in the kids. In the past 25 years only one new drug has been created for childhood cancers. Most of these kids are being given mega-doses of "hand me down" adult chemos. Why? It is pure economics.

CURE Magazine states in the June 2008 article "No Child Left Behind", the problem is that most kids are healthy. In the health consumer market, big patients simply overpower little ones. This year one million adults will learn they have cancer, but only 13,000 children under age 19 will get the same diagnosis. To makes things worse, the "big" cancers (breast, prostate, colon, and lung) do not occur in minors. For drug companies wanting and needing robust sales, children’s cancers are too infrequent to be profitable.“It’s a real problem getting pharmaceuticals specifically for children,” says Jessica Boklan, MD, of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “It’s pure economics.”

If you want to help, here is one suggestion. Just sign the Cure Childhood Cancer Petition. The petition will be sent to all the major TV networks, asking them to do a special feature to increase awareness of the battles of childhood cancer.

If you you think there is enough attention on childhood cancer, than take this test. Count how many times the news mentions murder. Then count how many times they mention a child newly diagnosed with cancer. In the U.S., those two numbers are about the same. Do you believe they get the same coverage?

If you are still unsure if this is important, then take some time to read the comments on the petition.

Here it is:

1 comment:

lacey said...


Thank you for sharing CURE’s story on childhood cancer with your readers! We, along with yourself and many others, are trying to raise awareness on the barriers in childhood cancer research. Giving it a face and personalized story should make everyone know this is an issue that can affect us all. You are making a difference! You’re welcome to read the rest of the article and subscribe to the magazine for free at Our thoughts are with Tyler and your family as he battles his cancer. He sounds like a very special kid!

Lacey, with CURE