“ Back in October of 2007, I was 30 years old. I was taken into a small room and was told my 2-year-old daughter had cancer. It was the first time in my life that anyone I knew was affected by cancer, and it couldn’t be any closer to home. I only knew of cancer because I saw those St. Judes commercials – but those things never happen to people I know …Until they did.”
– Erin Santos, Executive Director and Isabella’s Mommy
A couple of cancer stats for you that might be a little surprising.
In 2022, roughly 1.9 million people were diagnosed with cancer and they predict 1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime.
Almost 15,000 children younger than 20 years are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. Although cancer in children is rare, compared with cancers typically diagnosed in adults, cancer is still the leading cause of death from disease in this age group.
Childhood cancer rates had been rising slightly for the past few decades, but have stabilized since 2010. Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, 85% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more.
High Risk Rare cancers 5-year survival rates:
Osteosarcoma – 66%
Neuroblastoma – 50%
Ewing Sarcoma – 39%
Rhabdomyosarcoma – 25%
DIPG – 0%
These statistics are why we are here. The survival rates for kids with rare cancer are climbing, new drugs and treatments are being developed, and centers are being built that specialize in rare cancer. So much of this is happening because people are listening and acting and making a difference before it affects someone they love. If we all waited until it hit close to home, we would be too late. So much of what you all have helped us build came too late for my daughter, but it is coming JUST IN TIME for someone else. This keeps us going every day.
February 4th is World Cancer Day.
It was created to raise worldwide awareness of this global crisis. We are all working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all – no matter who you are or where you live.
Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history. This day acts as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the impact of cancer.
So our ask today is simple.
In honor of World Cancer Day, 2.4 DONATE $24 / Month to ISF anytime between February 3rd – February 5th.
Become a member of our monthly donor club and commit to changing the path for kids with cancer all year long. Don’t wait until someone you know is in need, do it today. Do it for all the kids who are hoping you do it because they need it now.
A big Happy Birthday today, to our Executive Director, Erin!
We hope you have a fun day celebrating!!🥳🎂
This year Erin is asking her friends, family and community to become an ISF monthly donor in honor of World Cancer Day.
We are so excited to announce our first event of 2023!
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