During the month of September, the United States comes together to honor and raise awareness for children & families affected by childhood cancer, which remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 14. Childhood cancer is an everyday reality for many families in our region.
Here are a few reasons why we fight:
- One out of eight children that are diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
- 1 in 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before their 19th birthday.
- 6 years old is the average age of diagnosis for childhood cancer.
The funds raised by Community Cancer Fund support a broad spectrum of cancer programs and many of them focused on childhood cancer. Whether direct patient support or research funding, our collaborative efforts with the Eastern Washington & North Idaho medical community push forward our local fight against cancer.
Feeding families staying at the Ronald McDonald House
During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic we have been working with our local community partners to facilitate the day-to-day needs of cancer patients. We teamed up with Inland Northwest restaurateurs to cater meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Spokane. Over 300 meals were served in March/April alone. We will be continuing this program in September 2020 and beyond in conjunction with our partnership with Kelley James and his Million Meals Tour.
Hospitality Center in Coeur d’Alene
The Hospitality Center – Ronald McDonald House & Walden House in Coeur d’Alene serves pediatric patients receiving medical treatment at Kootenai Health.
Davenport Lodging Program
Since 2015, our partnership with Davenport Hotels has provided 2800+ complimentary room nights to cancer patients and their families traveling to Spokane for treatment and care. Many of these are pediatric patients receiving care at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. This program helps minimize out-of-pocket expenses incurred by these cancer patients as
they focus on their battle with cancer.
Share your support on social media and use the hashtag #MakeItGoldForKids to raise awareness.
Share Your Story
One of the best ways to raise awareness about children’s cancer is to connect to other people affected by it. If you know a child with cancer, or someone who supports the fight against cancer, share your story with us.