It is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and Kevin and I are doing what we can to support this worthy cause. We are holding a mini radiothon for the duration of The Morning Show on September 27th.
Six months ago when I started at The River, I had not given a whole lot of thought to childhood cancer, other than the fact that, as a parent, I would have no idea how to deal with such a diagnosis. Then I participated in my first radiothon to support the Bernard and Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Med. Over two days I was immersed in the world of what families go through once receiving the devastating news that a child has cancer. I met the most amazing people and the bravest children, children who are our future. That's when I realized that I couldn't not help.
If you know nothing about childhood cancer, here are some statistics that you should know.
- Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
- 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
- The average age of children diagnosed is six.
- The average cost of a stay in a hospital for a child with cancer is $40,000 per stay.
- Only 4% of Federal Funding for Cancer Research Goes to Childhood Cancers
If you'd like to donate, give us a call on the 27th at 518-867-8100 or text AMCKIDS to 51555 to receive a link to donate online. Then know that you did something great!