Cold Hard Facts
The facts are staggering. Brain Tumors don't discriminate.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BRAIN TUMORS
The number of different pediatric brain tumor types is astounding. This makes diagnosis and treatment extremely complicated.
LIVING WITH LIFE-LONG SIDE EFFECTS
Although some brain cancer treatments have produced better results in recent years, the term "survivor" means that the child is likely living with life-long side effects.
1 in 285
NUMBER OF CHILDREN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
Pediatric Cancer is not as uncommon as you might think. There is a just under a .4% chance that a child will be personally impacted by this terrible disease.
OF ALL CHILDHOOD CANCER IS IN THE BRAIN
25% of all Pediatric Cancers are in the Brain and Spine. However, Brain and Spinal Cancers are the #1 cause of disease related death among children.
While research and development for new drugs from pharmaceutical companies compromises 60% of funding for adult cancer drugs, close to nothing is spent on developing new childhood cancer treatments.
Half of all chemotherapies used for childhood cancer are over 25 years old.
Nearly 100,000 children die of cancer worldwide annually. Cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Brain cancer is the deadliest form of childhood cancer.
8 YEARS OLD
The average age for childhood death caused by cancer is 8, taking 69 years of their expected life.
Over 4,600 kids are diagnosed with a brain tumor annually. Here are just a few of the brave warriors from this group.
Declan Fish is a sweet, active 3-year-old boy with an infectious smile who loves trains, tractors, boats and his stuffed monkey. In May 2017, we started noticing a significant change in Declan's gross motor skills.
Sarah Hughes was 7 years old and just completing first grade when she was diagnosed with a pnet brain tumor. Her young world was turned upside down as she immediately went in for surgery, then to Houston, Texas to receive proton radiation, followed by six months of intense chemotherapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Just weeks before her 11th birthday, Avery was diagnosed with a rare, highly aggressive Stage 4 Brain Cancer called AT/RT. It was inoperable at the time. During the following months, she endured six weeks of cranial and spinal radiation, five brain surgeries, and six months of high dose chemotherapy.
Hannah was a bright, active, healthy nine year old girl until the fall of 2007 when she was suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor – a malignant, anaplastic medulloblastoma. Neurosurgeons at Seattle Children’s Hospital immediately removed the tumor, after which her life as she knew it ceased to exist.
Eligh was diagnosed with a brain tumor June 8th 2010. Due to the size of the tumor (size of a golf ball), the only option was to have it removed. His tumor was located in the cerebellum region in the lower back of the brain - its function is to coordinate voluntary muscle movements and to maintain posture, balance, and equilibrium.
When Max was 8 years old he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. Though cancer has changed Max’s life, he is a survivor. And it is because of research that the life saving treatment protocol that Max received even existed.