The Childhood Cancer Project supports childhood cancer research. Like the brave children and families that inspire us, we are relentless. Like the brilliant and dedicated scientists pioneering breakthrough research, we are bold. Like the generous community that supports us, we are united. Please join our mission, help us lead the way in treating and defeating childhood cancer.
Cancer is bad enough. But when it affects a child, it is particularly devastating. Because kids deserve a chance to experience life. To laugh and have fun. To be amazed and to dream. To grow up.
Every year, there are over 250,000 new cases of cancer that affect children under the age of 20 worldwide, that's over 700 kids diagnosed with cancer every single day. Despite this, childhood cancer research is severely underfunded.
Unfortunately, we can't count on federal funding to help kids with cancer. Not only has there been an alarming decrease in budgets, but less than 4% of the NCI's federal funding goes towards research for all childhood cancers, combined.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children in the U.S.
Survival rates can vary depending on the type of cancer.
About 420,000 childhood cancer survivors live in the U.S., with many more around the world.
What Causes Pediatric Cancer?
The causes of childhood cancer are not understood completely. Although adult cancers are usually linked to lifestyle or environmental factors, childhood cancers are different in several ways. Childhood cancers are less likely to be caused by the patient’s environment or lifestyle, even though environmental factors can play a role. The causes are often related to genetic changes. Most often, these genetic changes (called mutations) are thought to occur by chance. In a few cases children are born with genetic changes that increase their risk of getting cancer. Understanding what genetic changes caused a cancer can help doctors diagnose it more effectively.
Treating Cancer in Children
Treatment depends on the type of cancer. Treatments often include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Sometimes a patient receives more than one of these treatments.The length of time needed for treatment differs depending on the type of cancer. In general, treatments take several months or even years. Researchers and doctors are working on new therapies for children with cancer. Some of these treatments, called precision medicine, target specific genetic changes in the cancer.
After Treatment: Becoming a Long-Term Survivor
Once cancer treatment is complete, patients continue to receive follow-up care. This care lasts for many, many years. Cancer treatments can save lives, but can and usually do, cause health issues later in life. It's imperative that childhood cancer survivors take care of their health, have regular checkups and share their cancer history with health care providers.
The Childhood Cancer Project was founded by the parents, family members, and friends of Joshua Segal, who began his battle with osteosarcoma, a rare type of childhood cancer, in 2015.
We are committed to supporting childhood cancer research and to the development of more effective and less toxic treatments for cancer’s youngest warriors. Please help us "Develop Cures" and "Deliver Hope."
We are dedicated to fighting childhood cancer and our goal is to make a difference through research. Your tax-deductible gift to The Childhood Cancer Project allows us to fund gifted scientists so they can develop groundbreaking treatments and cures. Together, with your help, we provide patients and families with hope.
We aim for a future without childhood cancer. Our goal is to advance the current understanding of cancer biology and explore new ways to cure, control, and prevent disease.
Our mission is to fund cancer research in order to save lives and improve outcomes for children affected by childhood cancer by being:
Research is the key, and funding makes it possible.
The Childhood Cancer Project's research is focused solely on finding a cure for childhood cancers. Our aim is to fund research projects and to continue to expand our vast research network.
We recognize that our ability to fund research is limited by our physical and financial resources. Therefore, we aim to maxiimize the impact of our grants by encouraging research that is likely to win support from larger funding bodies.
We believe there is great value in collaborative research and know that finding cures depends on the cooperation and collaboration of many experts.
The Childhood Cancer Project is dedicated to monitoring and communicating the advancement and impact of our research funding to our supporters. We hope that this will improve our benefactors understanding of childhood cancer research and the difference their charitable donations are making.
Our ultimate ambition is to find cures for this cruel disease.
MAKING IT HAPPEN