Please help us bring a Childhood Cancer Awareness License Plate to the State of Colorado
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Childhood Cancer needs a voice here in the State of Colorado. Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of disease-related deaths in children under 20. Support this cause and join our fight! If you are a registered vehicle owner in Colorado, please sign this petition.
When your son who has faced and fought cancer so bravely, and he tells you with tears in his eyes, “MOM, why don’t kids have special plates with the GOLD ribbon so people know about us. ? Can we make license plates for all the kids who have cancer. ?” Of course you respond, “YES honey we can, we will do everything in our power to make this happen.”, but I can’t do it on my own, we can only do this together, with your help.
Here are some personal stories.
Gabriel’s Story: Gabe was a normal, healthy, & active boy, who was 9yrs old and had just started 4th grade. Gabe had been saying he had headaches for months, and we’d been in an out of the doctor’s office countless times. On that Friday, August 16th, we decided to keep him home from school because he didn’t feel good. Later in the day he was dizzy and could not hold himself up. We took him to Children’s Hospital Colorado ER, and our lives turned upside down. He had an emergency craniotomy 3 days later to remove pressure in his brain from fluid buildup, and we were told “your son has Stage 4 Brain Cancer (Medulloblastoma) and it had spread to his spine”. He spent a month in the hospital followed by 6 weeks of daily radiation, and 6 months of high dose chemo. He missed all of 4th grade. His only wish at the time was to play football and soccer with his friends; instead he was in the hospital. Gabe is now 13 and dealing with many side effects from treatment. He just wants to be a “normal kid”, however, he has disabilities and cannot do all the things that healthy kids can. Before my son’s diagnosis, I had no idea there were so many other kids fighting this horrible disease. Once we started visiting Oncology for treatment, and we found the entire 7th floor of the hospital filled with kids fighting for their lives. Some did not make it, and others we met are still fighting. Gabe remains stable, although he has scans every 3 months to make sure it does not come back. It is my biggest worry as a mother. I will always continue this fight not only for Gabe but for our future leaders, those that are still fighting and for the angels that did not get a cure. If we can raise awareness, we will help support finding a cure! Our hope is that other kids will not have to go through the harsh treatment Gabe did, and so many other kids.
Alonzo’s Story: On August 4th, 2011 Alonzo was diagnosed with metastatic Medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer which radiated down his spine. He was only 3 years old. Before his diagnosis Alonzo was a happy, silly boy who loved playing outside and watching cartoons. After being diagnosed, Alonzo endured daily visits at the hospital, finger pokes, transfusions, chemo and radiation. On June 11th, 2013 God called Alonzo home to the heavens. I never thought I would be the mother of a child with cancer, nor did I ever think that I would lose my son but I know that I am not alone in this journey. Together, we can make a difference, and I pray that one day we will have a cure for childhood cancer.
Colton’s Story: Colton was diagnosed with stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma, an adult kidney cancer at the age of 2 1/2 in August 2015. The cancer has spread to his lungs. Colton has under gone 4 surgeries, 1 to remove a 6-inch tumor and what was left of his left kidney and 3 on his lungs. Colton was put on an at-home chemo drug called Sutent, in which we had a hard time getting someone to make it for him. Cancer affects the whole family and complexly changes your life. The financial hardship on a family, while caring for a child with cancer is unreal and devastating. Childhood cancer needs more awareness and research! Colton is still fighting.
Zach’s Story: Zach was almost 9 when originally diagnosed with Medulloblastoma. He had an 8 hour surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, it was followed by 31 days of radiation and 9 rounds of chemotherapy. For 5 years he led a relatively normal life, despite having a very aggressive cancer and treatment. At what would have been his "5 yr survivor "appointment we found out his cancer returned and there were several tumors on both his brain and spine. At the age of 17, he is still fighting for his life because of this terrible disease, while at the same time trying to graduate from high school. Not only does cancer take the lives of children, but it takes away living a normal childhood! Relationships change for everyone involved, there's always the “what if's”, what if he gets a headache, what will his treatment options be if it comes back, how are we going to be able to afford all of the medical bills, how is this going to affect his sister? Having cancer stinks!
Here are some childhood cancer facts:
- Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related deaths in children under 20.
- Every year, about 12,400 children and teens under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer - that is one in every 330 children.
- The average age of diagnosis is 5.
- Although cure rates are steadily increasing, 35% of children will die from a diagnosis of cancer.
- One fourth of all pediatric cancers diagnoses are brain tumors.
- Diagnoses of brain cancers and other central nervous system tumors rose by more than 25% between 1973 and 1996.
- In general, children diagnosed with central nervous system tumors do NOT share the favorable prognosis of those with many other more common pediatric abnormal masses.
- Over the past 20 years, there has been some increase in the incidence of children diagnosed with all forms of invasive cancer; from 11.4 cases per 100,000 children in 1975 to 15.2 per 100,000 children in 1998.
- Diagnoses of leukemia, which is the most common childhood cancer, increased by more than 15% over the past 20 years.
Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined.
Our mission is to raise awareness in the State Of Colorado. We all know what the pink ribbon stands for, however our kids matter too! I want to see Colorado go GOLD, and by raising awareness we can help increase funding for research. What if this happened to your child. Help us raise awareness for your children, or your niece, nephew, cousin, best friends friend’s child, neighbor, co-worker’s child, etc....
Please join our fight! Our kids matter! You can help us make a difference and raise awareness in Colorado!
Please visit www.morganadamsfoundation.org to learn more about the research happening in Colorado and to donate to Childhood Cancer Research.
Please visit www.copsfightingcancer.org to see how they help families who are struggling to make ends meet, while they are trying to take care of their Children Fighting Cancer. Parents should not have to worry about anything during this time, other than supporting their babies. If you know anyone that has gone through this, this is the worst thing any parent can go through.
If you have a personal story you would like to share, please send an email to ChildhoodCancerAwareness@gmail.org. We will post updates and tell your child’s story. Thank you for your support.
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