September 08, 2005
Challenged by Cancer
An excellent article about a child who is fighting leukemia is in the Island Life section of today's Honolulu Advertiser. Along with the article in a sidebar were some facts:
- Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer. One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.
- On average, Hawaii has 82 new cases of childhood cancer diagnosed each year. The survival rate for all childhood cancers is about 68 percent.
- And probably most importantly, cancer kills more children younger than 14 than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
But the good news is that cure rates are increasing, and with more aggressive and effective treatments survival rates have improved. Your donation makes these more effective treatments possible.