Cancer can strike anyone at any age. This year, estimated that children will be diagnosed in the United States alone. what three groups are doing to help.
By Amanda and Maija Saulitis University of Minnesota Amplatz Hospital Miracle Network // Founded in 1983, the Miracle Network is one of the Cancer Research Fund // Research to improve treatment is crucial in the against leading charities. With support from individuals childhood cancer. why partnerships such as the one between and businesses, the organization raises funds for medical care the Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) and the University of and research, and it supports 170 hospitals across North Minnesota Amplatz Hospital are so important. America. These help children of all ages and backgrounds Since 1981, the Minneapolis-based research fund has receive treatment. The network helps more than 17 million donated more than $60 million to the university to children with diseases each year, including some 50,000 pioneer the development of new medical care. with cancer. the United States, cancer is the leading cause of This month, 51 for each state death due to illness in children, despite the fact plus the District of travel to that made great progress over the last Washington, D.C., as part of Miracle 30 says John Hallberg, CEO of CCRF. Champions program. These child goal is to get new and better treatments ambassadors are have as quickly as possible from the lab bench to serious diseases such as cancer. The group will the patient attend press conferences, visit the White House The collaboration has revolutionized the way and go to a Nationals baseball game. The goal? cancer is treated around the world. For example, Raise awareness about childhood doctors at the University of Minnesota developed having some fun along the way. Alyssa Pratt the double cord blood transplant, a procedure Miracle Network helps thousands of that transfers cells from a umbilical cord children with cancer each year. For example, in June to leukemia patients. Known worldwide as the Minneapolis 2009, then-14-year-old Alyssa Pratt of Minot, North Dakota, Regimen, it has increased cancer survival rates. was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. While she Dr. John Wagner, a researcher at the University of Minnesota and received treatment at MeritCare Hospital, the co-chief medical advisor at CCRF, says these results would not be Miracle Network helped fund her schooling. had a program possible without the state-of-the-art facilities Amplatz that worked with teacher to keep her up-to-date on her Hospital of Amplatz Hospital permits us lessons and says Craig Sorensen, chief marketing to bring in the sickest Wagner says. teams of of Miracle Network. Today, Pratt is back in high school doctors and nurses work together to implement new and potentially and an honor roll student. She will be one of the 51 champions in curative treatments when others have given attendance at this event in Washington, D.C. //
The Most Common Childhood Cancers
A form of cancer that starts in certain types of nerve cells found in a developing fetus or embryo. Accounts for about percent of childhood cancers.
Cancer of the early blood-forming cells. Accounts for about 33 percent of all childhood cancers.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma
Cancers that start in lymph tissues, such as the tonsils, lymph nodes and thymus. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for about percent of childhood cancers. Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for roughly the same percentage.
Brain and other nervous system cancers
The second most common cancers in children. Account for about 21 percent of child cancer cases.
A cancer that starts in one or, rarely, both kidneys. Accounts for about percent of child cancer cases.
June 2010 deltaskymag.com