Planet Lincoln was proud to support the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Awareness Kick-off Event. The awareness event held September 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at MD Anderson in The Woodlands.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the object of which is to strengthen America’s commitment to finding a cure for pediatric cancer and highlight issues facing children diagnosed with cancer and their families. An estimated 10,450 new cases and 1,350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children (aged 0-14 years) in 2014, and an additional 5,330 new cases and 610 cancer deaths are expected among adolescents (aged 15-19 years), according to a 2014 report on Childhood and Adolescent Cancer from the American Cancer Society.
The event benefits Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) focuses on improving the mental, social and emotional well-being of children diagnosed with cancer and their families through outreach and support programs. Our initiatives have included providing scholarships to camp, helping out with utility bills and other household expenses, international outreach and bringing gifts to hundreds of children in hospitals across the country. CCRF believes many cases of childhood cancer are preventable. Our Toxic free Kids educational campaign focuses on maintaining a healthy environment and lifestyle through awareness of possible carcinogens.
The most important part of the event was the kids enjoying a great time. The children enjoyed food, refreshments, crafts, face painting and meeting the larger-than-life mascot for some beary special hugs.