Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Childhood Cancer - Now That You Know, DONATE!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Action Month! 



Most of you are aware now how often children are diagnosed and thrown into this community without warning. If you've been reading this blog or this caring bridge for any amount of time, especially at the beginning of our journey, then you know we've been very candid about our struggles and our victories with Jace and leukemia. 

I think I'm speaking for most of the families I know affected by childhood cancer when I say we celebrate when anyone wears a Super Jace T-shirt, remembers yellow Wednesdays or donates to our new passion Operation Love in hopes of making it a non-profit for families of childhood cancer  (We always need donations!). We are thrilled because doing these things means YOU are being AWARE and thinking outside of what's going on in your own life. 

Now we are being candid about taking action. 

The only way that we will make a difference is if we band together and DONATE to places that are making a difference in research and in lives. 

Fellow cancer mom, Candi (www.caringbridge.org/visit/karly) and I put together a list of specific places that we know, firsthand, are focusing, specifically, on childhood cancer. You may see some of your favorite charities not listed. We wanted to give you a list of organizations that we as cancer parents trust and know are giving most of their donations to childhood cancer research. (more info http://www.stbaldricks.org/filling-the-funding-gap/)

Some of the links below are organizations that either help families financially or help give the kids and the families some great memories during treatment that we've worked with, personally. 


The following list should be helpful to you as you make your choice for donations this month. 


Childhood Cancer Donation List

**direct money only to childhood cancer related causes, primarily research


If you'd like to, specifically, help a family whose child is currently undergoing treatment, please email us for more information. onthewingsofgratitude@gmail.com   

Visit Charity Navigator to view efficiencies & financial information for many major charities:


National
Cure Search

Triumph Over Kid Cancer

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Alex's Lemonade Stand


Local - Texas
Team Connor

Heroes for Children



Sarcoma specific:
Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative

1 Million 4 Anna



OTHER

Make A Wish

Hope Kids

Kenna's Kids

Peach's Neet Feet