September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Ankeny area farm creates awareness of childhood cancer using a corn maze

The corn maze theme at Geisler Farms is CHILDHOOD CANCER. September is Childhood Cancer awareness month.

The idea was the brainchild of Bondurant mom Suzanne Friedrickson. Her eight-year-old son Landon died in 2016 following a four-year battle with neuroblastoma. Landon and his two sisters visited the maze annually.

According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood cancers compose less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. More than 10,000 children under the age of 15 in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease among children (National Cancer Institute).

The most common cancers of children, according to the American Cancer Society, are leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, lymphoma (including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin), rhabdomyosarcoma, retinoblastoma, and bone cancer.

The largest funder of cancer research is the National Cancer Institute. Its annual budget is set by Congress. For Fiscal Year 2017, the National Cancer Institute was appropriated $5.389 billion. “But sadly, only 4 percent of that gets allotted for all childhood cancers combined,” according to Friedrickson

“Because of a lack of childhood cancer funding, non-profit foundations, medical institutions and parents of kids with cancer holding fundraisers have become crucial to supplement funding of research grants in order to make progress in the fight against childhood cancer,” says Friedrickson.

There are many organizations affiliated with childhood cancer. Friedrickson suggests the following groups:

Children’s Cancer Connection (Des Moines)
2708 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312-5214
515-243-6239  /   /

St. Baldrick’s Foundation (Bondurant hosts an annual fundraising event in the spring. Contributions are welcome at all times.) 1333 South Mayflower Ave., Suite 400, Monrovia, CA 91016
888-899-2253  /  /

Kids Shouldn’t Have Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 225, Jerseyville, IL 62052
903-345-5742  /  /

Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation
260 W. Schick Rd., Suite 23, #211, Bloomington, IL 60108
866-671-2623  /  /

Children’s Oncology Group (Black Children’s Hospital, Des Moines, and the University of Iowa/Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, are affiliates of this group.) 222 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 100, Monrovia, CA 91016
626-241-1500  /  /

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