September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Jaguars Fight Childhood Cancer September 20
Posted on 09/18/2019
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Did you know September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (acco.org),
...Each year in the United States, an estimated 15,780 children from birth to age 19 are diagnosed with cancer.
...Approximately 1 in 285 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer before their twentieth birthday.
...Of those children diagnosed with cancer, 20% of them will not survive it.
...Every three minutes a family hears the devastating words that their child has been diagnosed with cancer.
...Cancer remains the #1 cause of death by disease for children in America.

Although most adult cancers can be linked to environmental or lifestyle choices, childhood cancers are quite the opposite and seem to be caused simply by “chance.”  According to St Jude @ stjude.org, “cancer-causing genetic changes are thought to occur by chance.  However, in about 8% of cases, children are born with genetic changes that increase their risk of getting cancer.”  

And, of all the donations collected for various cancer organizations, only 4% of those funds are given to childhood cancer organizations. 

Join West High Friday, September 20 as we bring awareness to childhood cancer in memory of Keira Stout and #KeirastrongForever.  Keira was a Fort Zumwalt student who lost her battle with childhood cancer in May of 2017, after bravely battling the disease for three years.  Her brother and sister are current students at West High.

During Friday night’s varsity football game against the Troy Trojans, donations will be collected in Keira’s memory and those donations will be given to organizations dedicated to childhood cancer research.  Please also Light It Up Gold Friday by wearing gold/yellow to school and to the football game. 

Help us honor Keira’s memory, her family, and all children who are battling childhood cancer.  And please consider making a donation—any amount is accepted and appreciated.

Keira