Nearly 16,000 kids under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year and about one-fourth of them will not survive. In honor of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, consider these five affordable and inspiring ways to help kids with cancer.
Invest in an IV Pediatric Backpack
Around 50,000 kids currently receive chemotherapy medicines through an IV machine. Treatments are sometimes 5-6 hours long and 11-year-old cancer survivor Kylie created an IV backpack to help young Chemotherapy patients enjoy life. Kylie is trying to raise $50,000 to bring her invention to market. You can support Kylie's project with a donation of any size on GoFundMe.com.
Help Share Ethan's Story
Four years ago Ethan Hallmark was a typical kid, but now he's a community icon in his hometown of Midlothian, Texas. A film crew is documenting Ethan's harrowing battle against cancer and is looking for funding to release the movie. Gifts to help turn Ethan's story of hope into a documentary start at just $2 at IndieGogo.com.
Nominate a Gold Ribbon Hero
Gold ribbon heroes can be patients, parents, hospital staffs, siblings or survivors who have made a positive impact on the lives of others. The American Childhood Cancer Organization wants to honor these people by naming them Gold Ribbon Heroes. You can nominate someone at ACCO.org.
Sponsor a Kit
Monkey in My Chair is a program for pre-school and elementary aged children who miss class due to a cancer diagnosis. The program provides a big stuffed monkey and a book to help explain to classmates what's happening to the absent student. Sponsor a monkey for $75 at monkeyinmychair.org.
Shave Your Head
Get rid of those luscious locks in the name of charity with the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Since kids with cancer often lose their hair, shaving your own head shows support and can be a great way to encourage friends and family to donate money for childhood cancer research. Become a shavee at StBaldricks.org.
By Alison Storm
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