the Pru goes gold in honor of pediatric cancer awareness
This Tuesday, we coordinated a special event with the Prudential Center to light the tower gold in honor of pediatric cancer awareness. Much of what we do with #sockswithstories is about inspiring stories of resilience from individual families, but this was an opportunity to reflect on how the disease impacts our society as a whole. Below are a few facts highlighting how far we've come in confronting this disease and how much still needs to be done.
- Since the mid 1970's, the five year survival rate for children diagnosed with cancer has increased from about 58% to 84%.
- This survival rate fluctuates significantly depending on the type of cancer. For example, children with soft tissue sarcomas have about a 70% survival rate compared to 92% for leukemia and 20% for glioblastomas.
- After accidents, cancer is the leading cause of death for children 1-14. This equates to about 1190 children dying from cancer in 2020.
- In June of 2018, the STAR act passed! This is the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever taken up by congress. You can learn more about it here.
We know our socks can't cure cancer, but our mission is to empower the children that are impacted each year. Thank you for being a part of it!