September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and CURE Childhood Cancer is making it easy for everyone to share in the fight against childhood cancer by selling flags designed to attach to mailboxes, porches, and front doors. The flags are a simple but meaningful way to shine a light on childhood cancer during September.
Raul was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma two weeks before his 13th birthday. This was the day that everything changed for his family. Instead of carefree summer days at the pool, they were thrust into a dark world of chemotherapy, surgeries, blood counts, and transfusions. Life continued for others -birthday parties, movies, ice cream, sports. Their life became blurred by hours at clinics, days, and nights in the hospital, weight loss, and lack of sleep. His Mom, Kay, cried silent tears as she secretly collected the clumps of hair on his pillow, stuffing the cherished locks into plastic bags. Every holiday, every photo, her mind faced the possibility that this was it – the last family gathering, the last Christmas.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death due to disease in children, and incident rates have been on the rise for the last 25 years. CURE Childhood Cancer funds research into the development of targeted therapies that have the potential to be at the bedside of children who need them within five years. CURE also provides emergency financial assistance for families suffering hardship as a result of a child’s diagnosis and treatment, counseling, lodging, and other support aimed at addressing the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families.
Your September flag will share our cause with everyone in your neighborhood while helping CURE fund lifesaving researching and supporting families in the fight. Visit cureflags.org to learn more about this special September program.
Raul’s family will be proudly displaying a September flag on their mailbox in memory of their golden boy this September. We hope you consider joining them.