WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

There are many amazing organizations dedicated to all forms of childhood cancer that do great work. So why direct your donation toward rhabdomyosarcoma? We believe there are several unique factors about this disease that make it worthy of focused efforts.

It's a rare disease, but common enough

Despite the lack of awareness of the disease, it is still the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children, with Cancer.net reporting about 350 children diagnosed each year in the U.S.

 

The current treatment protocols are intense

All patients with rhabdomyosarcoma need 24-52 weekly doses of chemotherapy. Without it, the American Cancer Society states it’s very likely the cancer will come back in distant parts in the body. Most patients require surgery and/or radiation therapy as well.

 

Funding is minimal compared to other cancers

In general, childhood cancer research is underfunded. The Coalition Against Childhood Cancer states that in  2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) budget was $4.93 billion. It is anticipated that childhood cancer received 4% of that sum.

 

It mostly affects very young children

70% of all rhabdomyosarcoma cases are diagnosed in the first 10 years of life, with the peak incidence in the 1-5 age group, states the American Childhood Cancer Association.

 

Survival rates can be as low as 20%

According to the American Cancer Society, the overall 5-year survival rate for the low-risk group is over 90%. However, the number drops to as low as 60% for the intermediate-risk group and to 20% for the high-risk group.

 

Research is lagging behind other cancers

The Children's Cancer Foundation states that research for children with cancer, especially for those with sarcomas and brain cancer, lag nearly two decades behind their adult counterparts.

 

SUPPORT OUR MISSION
 

Your contributions will enable us to help raise awareness of rhabdomyosarcoma and fund valuable research efforts into treatment protocols.

SUPPORT OUR MISSION
 

Your contributions will enable us to help raise awareness of rhabdomyosarcoma and fund valuable research efforts into treatment protocols.

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