In the United States, only 5% of national cancer funding is allocated to childhood cancer. So on September 15th, you’ll learn why thousands of families will come to Washington DC for CureFest, taking place on September 17 and 18.
CureFest’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority by uniting the childhood cancer community, the general public, the medical community and our elected leaders. Until recently the childhood cancer community has struggled to find its voice because there are thousands of foundations and groups spread out across the country. Now, these organizations are coming together at our National Mall to celebrate many great success stories, but also remind people of the fact that there is a plenty of work left to do.
Thanks to the dedication of doctors, brave patients and the work of organizations like the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorder service the cure rate for childhood cancer’s is now almost 90 percent, up from only 20 percent.
You will hear an inspiring message from Caroline Belcher, a brave seven year old battling a brian tumor, her mom and a Curefest organizer Emily Belcher and Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Aflac, Catherine Blades. One of the primary goals of CureFest is to educate the public about the challenge of curing childhood cancer and what the public can do to help. We hope you’ll find time for this inspiring story!
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