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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

Sarcoma Awareness

Bladder Cancer Awareness

March     

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Kidney Cancer Awareness

Multiple Myeloma Awareness

September

Childhood Cancer Awareness

Gynecological Cancer Awareness

Leukemia/Lymphoma Cancer Awareness

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Prostate Cancer Awareness

Thyroid Cancer Awareness

April

Testicular Cancer Awareness

Esophageal Cancer Awareness

Head & Neck Cancer Awareness

October

Breast Cancer Awareness

Liver Cancer Awareness

May

Brain Cancer Awareness

Melanoma & Skin Cancer Awareness

November

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Lung Cancer Awareness

Stomach Cancer Awareness

Carcinoid Cancer Awareness

Caregivers Month