September 13th is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. This date is set aside each year to call attention to pediatric cancer, the #1 cause of death by disease in children in the United States. The impact of childhood cancer on our nation is staggering:
* Cancer cuts short the lives of more children under the age of 20 than any other disease
* 1 child out of 5 who is diagnosed with cancer dies
* 3 out of 5 children suffer from long-term or late side effects
* Every school day, 46 young people, or two classrooms of students, are diagnosed with cancer in this country
* There are now more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States, and this number is growing rapidly
(Children’s Cancer Fund)
Cancer can be very scary for anyone, especially children. Sherry North, author of Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!,” wanted to give caretakers a resource to help explain cancer to children in a not so scary way.
In this new release, a young boy learns that his dog, Champ, has cancer. While Champ undergoes the same types of treatments and many of the same reactions as a human under similar circumstances, his young owner becomes a loving caretaker. North turns this serious subject into an empathetic story that young children can understand.
Cancer is a very hard but important topic to talk about with children. With resources like “Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer Too!” cancer becomes a more approachable subject. It is the Sylvan Dell Featured eBook and will be avaible to anyone on the Sylvan Dell homepage throughout September.