EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Hi, I'm Dr. Michael Titzer, and I'm here to talk to you about childhood cancer research funding.
Any parent will tell you, their kids come first, but in the world of cancer research, it's not that way.
The federally funded "National Cancer Institute" supports many different types of cancer research, but fewer than 4% of funds trickle down to pediatric cancers!
You might be thinking, "More adults develop cancer than children. Governments and foundations *should fund more adult cancer research." But take a closer look.
The average adult is 67 years old at the time of diagnosis.
And the average number of years of life lost to cancer is 15.
The average child is diagnosed at the age of 6.
And the average number of years of life lost to cancer is 71!
Those are children who will never grow up, never have families of their own, and never have the chance to find a cure for cancer.
One way to take a stand is to support organizations that fund pediatric cancer research directly.
Although things like "patient support groups" and "transportation to treatment" are important,
Curesearch is a non-profit organization that focuses on RESEARCH. Research to improve treatment for children with cancer.
The CureSearch walk is a family friendly event that honors all those affected by childhood cancer, and at the same time raises funds for children's cancer research.
We are hosting an Evansville Curesearch walk on Saturday, October 18th at Garvin Park. Registration is at 8:30 in the morning.
You can get online and register now, or you can do it the morning of the walk.
I would encourage all of you to come out and join me at this wonderful event.
By walking, I am supporting pediatric cancer research directly, because our children matter.
That's my stand. What's yours?