In recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a group of local Atlanta bloggers gathered for an intimate lunch and tour the Aflac Cancer Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston Campus, and learn about the non profit Curing Kids Cancer, in Atlanta.
I learned so much. I never realized how many children are born with some form of cancer, in fact, did you know that over 40% of new cases are of children under the age of 5.
Grainne and Clay Owen invited us out to share their story, make us aware how many lives are affected by Childhood Cancer, and explain why more funding is needed for research.
The Owens, founded Curing Kids Cancer after their young son Killian lost his battle with Leukemia at just 9-years-old. Killian was diagnosed at 5, and underwent many grueling tests, pokes, prods and several series of radiation and chemotherapy. When all of that didn’t work, he even received a bone marrow transplant from his twin brother. It couldn’t save him.
Since their loss 8 years ago, there have been new developments in the treatment for Leukemia and other childhood cancers, but more is needed to find cures.
It’s never easy to deal with the loss of a child, and the Owens are taking a lead so that other families won’t have to experience a tragic loss as they have.
Please join me in raising awareness and donating to the cause.