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Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is September

This month, we honor those with pediatric cancer. St. Jude  won't  stop until no child dies from cancer. Learn about our latest research and how you can help.


St. Jude patient Abraham

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Read the proclamation for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.


When is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

September was designated Childhood Cancer Awareness Month  to bring awareness to childhood cancer, which remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 14.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month facts, and what makes St. Jude unique


43 children  in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer every day.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since we opened more than 50 years ago. And we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude creates more clinical trials for childhood cancer than any other children's hospital in the U.S. 


Worldwide, at least 300,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year.

Our global initiative with the World Health Organization aims to cure at least 60% of children with six of the most common cancers by 2030. To further advance cures, we freely share our research worldwide through data-sharing and analysis resources. Every child saved at St. Jude means thousands more are saved in your community and around the world. 


Approximately 10% of children with cancer develop the disease because they inherited a genetic mutation.

St. Jude works to uncover these mutations and increase the chances of early detection and treatment. We are finding out why some cancers run in families and why certain people get more than one cancer. 


More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors have significant treatment-related health issues.

About 420,000 adults in the U.S. are childhood cancer survivors. Our groundbreaking survivorship studies provide a greater understanding of the long-term effects of pediatric cancer treatment and help researchers develop novel therapies to minimize those late effects.

Learn more childhood cancer facts.


Childhood cancer stories

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St. Jude advancements in childhood cancer

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Why your support matters

Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation.

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


How to support and raise awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Let's cure childhood cancer. Together.

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Your support helps kids like Brinley.

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Check out how our partners are supporting St. Jude during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month


President Obama’s proclamation of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 


Every year, thousands of children across America are diagnosed with cancer, an often life-threatening illness that remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15.  The causes of pediatric cancer are still largely unknown, and though new discoveries are resulting in new treatments, this heartbreaking disease continues to scar families and communities in ways that may never fully heal.  This month, we remember the young lives taken too soon, stand with the families facing childhood cancer today, and rededicate ourselves to combating this terrible illness.

While much remains to be done, our Nation has come far in the fight to understand, treat, and control childhood cancer.  Thanks to ongoing advances in research and treatment, the 5 year survival rate for all childhood cancers has climbed from less than 50 percent to 80 percent over the past several decades.  Researchers around the world continue to pioneer new therapies and explore the root causes of the disease, driving progress that could reveal cures or improved outcomes for patients.  But despite the gains we have made, help still does not come soon enough for many of our sons and daughters, and too many families suffer pain and devastating loss.

My Administration will continue to support families battling pediatric cancer and work to ease the burdens they face.  Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can no longer deny health coverage to children because of pre existing conditions, including cancer, nor can they drop coverage because a child is diagnosed with cancer.  The law also bans insurers from placing a lifetime dollar limit on the amount of coverage they provide, giving families peace of mind that their coverage will be there when they need it most.  And as we work to ensure all Americans have access to affordable health care, my Administration will continue to invest in the cutting edge cancer research that paves the way for tomorrow's breakthroughs.

This month, we pay tribute to the families, friends, professionals, and communities who lend their strength to children fighting pediatric cancer.  May their courage and commitment continue to move us toward new cures, healthier outcomes, and a brighter future for America's youth.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 2012 as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  I encourage all Americans to join me in reaffirming our commitment to fighting childhood cancer.