Cancer Awareness Months
The month of May is recognized nationally each year as Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Since there is no official awareness month for childhood brain cancer, the Team Jack Foundation is grateful to have this awareness month to raise additional awareness and funds for our cause. In addition to May, Team Jack celebrates September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Colored ribbons are widely known symbols used to raise awareness for a cause. For brain cancer, the ribbon color is gray and for childhood cancer the ribbon color is gold. Oftentimes, Team Jack will use a combination of the two to represent our cause as shown in the image on the right. Throughout both months, the Foundation takes the opportunity to educate followers on the facts of childhood brain cancer to show the need for more research.
According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, approximately 32% of the 80,000 brain tumors diagnosed annually in the U.S. are malignant (cancerous). The deadliest brain tumor type is glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), which accounts for 45% of all malignant brain tumors. While these are the adult statistics for GBM, the disease also affects children as well.
In the Unites States, childhood cancer affects one in 285 children which translates to 43 cases being diagnosed daily. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death in children in the United States, with brain cancer being the deadliest. Of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget, just 4% is spent on studies for children, with even less spent specifically on childhood brain cancer.
While the Team Jack Foundation funds childhood brain cancer research, many of the studies may translate into other types of cancer found in both children and adults. The Team Jack Foundation has raised over $8.5 million specifically for childhood brain cancer research since 2013 and will continue to carry the torch until children are not only surviving their diagnosis but are thriving.
Below is a list of other months designated toward cancer awareness:
|January||Cervical Cancer Awareness||June||National Cancer Survivor Month|
|February||Gallbladder & Bile Duct Cancer Awareness||July||
Bladder Cancer Awareness
Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Kidney Cancer Awareness
Multiple Myeloma Awareness
Gynecological Cancer Awareness
Leukemia/Lymphoma Cancer Awareness
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Prostate Cancer Awareness
Thyroid Cancer Awareness
Testicular Cancer Awareness
Esophageal Cancer Awareness
Head & Neck Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
Liver Cancer Awareness
Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
Lung Cancer Awareness
Stomach Cancer Awareness
Carcinoid Cancer Awareness
The Team Jack Foundation raises money to fund impactful childhood brain cancer research and works to create national awareness for the disease. Since its 2013 inception, the Foundation has raised over $9 million for research and invested in twelve research projects nationally. To learn more about Team Jack funded research visit, www.teamjackfoundation.org/our-impact. To join us in fighting for better treatment and a cure for childhood brain cancer make a donation today.