As a mom, it's hard to imagine anything more frightening than your child being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer. Sadly, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States, and cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children. But did you know that childhood cancer research receives just 4% of federal cancer research funding? And among drug companies, funding for childhood cancer research is essentially nonexistent. Since 1980, fewer than 10 new drugs have been approved for use in children with cancer.
Though far fewer children are diagnosed with cancer than adults, the productive years of life lost, the long-term health consequences for children who survive, and the suffering experienced by children with cancer and their families should make childhood cancer research a higher priority in our country. I joined the Amazing Grace + Take that Benedict team so that, together, we can help accomplish that goal. I am challenging myself by swimming in the Atlanta Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can.
It's such a blessing to honor Grace Bunke's memory by helping to fulfill her selfless wish to raise money for cancer research and treatment, so that other children diagnosed with cancer might survive - and thrive.
You can make a credit card donation to support my swim here, or send a check to Swim Across America, Inc., 11600 N. Community House Road, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28277. Checks should be made payable to Swim Across America, but please mention my name as the swimmer you're supporting - as well as the event (Atlanta Open Water Swim) - in the memo. Thank you!