*Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between infancy and age 15.
*Every 3 1/2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.
*Every 4 hours a child will lose their battle to cancer.
*Childhood cancer research funding accounts for only 3.8% of all cancer research allotted by the federal government.
*Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
*The progress in survival rates is largely attributable to improvements in treatment and patients participating in clinical trials.
Survival comes with a cost. Sixty percent of pediatric cancer survivors develop at least one chronic health condition because treatments are so harsh.
~statistics from www.cancer.gov and www.fastercure.org~