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Taking a Stand: Fight against childhood cancer

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By: Andy Featherstone

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Every day, 46 children in the US are diagnosed with cancer. Every day, 7 children die from cancer. 

Before age 20, 1 in 285 children will have cancer. 

Cancer kills more children than all other diseases combined. However, in the last 20 years, only three new drugs have been developed to treat childhood cancer, and less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget is dedicated to childhood cancer research.

Research holds the key. Research that brings together the best and brightest investigators and that collaborates across medical institutions. 

SamStrong, started by my teenage son Sam Featherstone before he passed away from cancer, is dedicated to raising funds for childhood cancer research. 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has proclaimed September 4 Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Evansville.

I encourage you to take a stand to support organizations focused on childhood cancer research. With your help, we can make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.

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