Written by Christopher Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is asking Eastern students to participate in a charity that will help raise money for cancer research. Kick-It for Cancer, a national fundraising program for cancer research, is working with CCE to organize a kickball game at Windham High School from 1-4 p.m. on May 5. The minimum donation to play is $10; Eastern students are encouraged to donate more.
Kick-It was founded by a 10-year-old cancer patient with a big dream to cure cancer by playing kickball. Now a national fundraising program, Kick-It raises money for pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer research. Kick-It partners with national medical advisory boards to identify the most promising research studies and projects.
Despite medical advances, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. Each year, nearly 13,500 parents are told that their child has cancer. On average one in four elementary schools has a child with cancer. More than 40,000 children undergo treatment each year. While the overall cure rate now approaches 80 percent, one in five children still loses his or her battle with cancer and three out of five children who survive cancer suffer devastating, late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.
Over the past 20 years, there has been only one new drug developed specifically for pediatric cancer. Cure rates have risen through collaborative research efforts, but more funds need to be dedicated to research to save the lives of more children. For more information, contact Heather Lepper at firstname.lastname@example.org.