Our featured charity of the month for January is the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. Here’s what you need to know:
-Based in Harrisburg, PA
-The Children’s branch was formed in 2010, stemming off of the Cancer Recovery Foundation of America, formed in 1985 by Greg Anderson who was diagnosed with lung cancer and given only 30 days to live.
-The organization has many programs including:
-Bear-Able Gift Program: includes gathering toys, stuffed animals, books, etc. in which they ship to children’s cancer hospitals across the nation.
-Helping Hands Fund: Aids families who cannot afford to pay their utilities due to hospital bills/treatment for their child’s cancer
-New Era Research Fund
You can help by:
-Sponsoring a Toy Drive
Visit http://crf.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=child_homepage to find out everything you need to know about the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation.
Here are a few facts provided by http://www.acor.org/ped-onc/diseases/SOCC.html.
-The number 1 disease-related death in children
-12,400 infants and children up to 19 years old are diagnosed each year
-Affects 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls by the age of 20
-Continued, unexplained weight loss
-Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
-Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones, joints, back, or legs
-Lump or mass, especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpits
-Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash
-A whitish color behind the pupil
-Nausea which persists or vomiting without nausea
-Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
-Eye or vision changes which occur suddenly and persist
-Recurrent or persistent fevers of unknown origin
Working with the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, Road Scholar created a jet black tractor trailer, featuring the foundation’s trademark bear who is pictured with a red bandana on, a symbol of undergoing chemotherapy. Also portrayed is a happy young cancer survivor.