Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children – more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined. Approximately 12,400 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before the age of 20. Compared to the 1.4 million adults that are diagnosed every year, childhood cancer is still considered relatively rare with survival rates varying according to type of cancer. Over the past 30 years, survival rates have increased dramatically, upwards to 75% to 80% for all childhood cancers combined. The main reason for this upward trend is the increase in survival rates for leukemia, which can be as high as 90%. However, every year, over 2,500 children die of cancer. And for us, that is too many.
SLS fundraisers are part of a vibrant philanthropic community that supports these young cancer patients and their families at the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund. The Fund exclusively funds the pediatric oncology division at Columbia University Medical Center. The staff of physicians, clinicians, and scientists works together as a multi-disciplinary team offering superior medical care and comfort to children and young people with cancer.