With the growing number of children diagnosed every day, our goal is to help these families engage together and give them hope, strength and encouragement to endure the challenges everyone in the family faces. Family retreats, social events, outings, workshops and more can help give these families the opportunity to strengthen their lives with the support, wisdom and encouragement of others who have experienced similar scenarios to theirs.
Leaps of Love: assists childhood cancer families, focusing on brain tumors and late-effects of their treatments.
Programs currently established:
- Spring – Hannibal Family Weekend Retreat focuses on childhood brain tumor families
- Summer – ARCH ‘Achieving Recovery from Cancer to Health’ Retreat focuses on young adult cancer survivors
- Fall – Good Grief Get Away focuses on parents who have lost a child to cancer
- New Years Eve – Ring in the New Year in a safe environment and with family and friends
With your support, we can establish even more of the much needed programs and events that will give them hope, strength and encouragement to achieve their goals in life just as we strive to achieve the goals in our lives.
Childhood Cancer Facts:
- Here in the US about 1 in 285 kids are diagnosed with cancer before age 20, about 16,000 per year
- Approximately 20% of all children with cancer will die from their disease, a secondary cancer, or complications from treatment
- Nearly 2/3 of the survivors later experience significant and chronic medical problems or develop secondary cancers as adults that result from treatment of their original cancer
- The average ages of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to lose 69 years of expected life years
- Cancer treatments can affect a child’s growth, fertility, and endocrine system. Child survivor may be permanently immunologically suppressed. Radiation to a child’s brain can significantly damage cognitive function, or if radiation is given at a very young age, limiting the ability to read, do basic math, tell time or even talk
- Pharmaceutical companies fund 60% of all adult cancer research, but they do virtually NO childhood cancer because it is not profitable