More adults than kids get cancer, it's true. That's why governments and foundations fund more research for adult cancers—and we're all for finding cures for adults. But look closer:
Average # of years of life lost to cancer:15
Average age at cancer diagnosis:67
Average # of years of life lost to cancer:71
Average age at cancer diagnosis:6
Curing childhood cancer is the equivalent of curing breast cancer in terms of productive life years saved.
–Dr. Eugenie Kleinerman, head of the division of pediatrics at the Children’s Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Grow up, marry, and have children of their own
Create something beautiful the world has never seen
Or even discover a cure for cancer
About 60% of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies. For kids? Almost none, because childhood cancer drugs are not profitable. Look even closer:
You may see bald children on the fundraising appeals of private foundations, but if you’re particular about how your donation is used, look carefully. Many cancer organizations fund:
We’re glad—these are all important! But if you’re giving to support cancer research (specifically for kids), look closely to see how much of your donation will do that. It may be less than 5%.
At the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, we do one thing, and we do it well:
We fund childhood cancer research.
Yes, we’re proud of what we do for kids fighting cancer. But there’s a big gap between the need for funding and the money available.
At St. Baldrick’s alone, of the $33 million needed to fund every grant application that received an excellent score in June 2012, only $23* million was available and granted.
*Total granted in calendar year 2012: $25 million.
That’s a lot of great research not yet funded.
With your help, next year we can do it!