In the United States, cancer is the second most common cause of death among young children between the ages of 1 and 14. More thsn 16 out of every 100,000 children and teens in the U.S. were diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 3 of every 100,00 died from the disease. In 2005, 4.1 of every 100,000 young people under 20 years of age in the U.S. were diagnoised with leukemia, and 0.8 per 100,000 died from it. In 2005 2.9 of every 100,000 people 0-19 years of age were found to have cancer of the brain or central nervous system, and 0.7 per 100,000 died from it.These cancer were found most often in children between 1 and 4 of age, but the most deaths occured among those aged 5-9.
Alijah’s Story: Surviving Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
Alijah was a two year old who was diagnoised with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). Acute lymphocytic Leukemia is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells characterized by excess lymphoblasts. Alijah's parents Kyle and Jamekka noticed that something was wrong with there child when he suddenly stopped walking. Jamekka stated that “Alijah would go for four or five days crawling with his foot up in the air like it was hurting. Then he’d walk for a few days then go back to crawling. Sometimes his right ankle hurt, sometimes his left, sometimes it was his wrist. We thought something might have happened at daycare…” But that turned out not to be so. Alijah's condition was fatal but ALL is now treatable and more then 80 percent of children were cured. Luke and Molly’s Story: Surviving Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Imagine facing the devastating diagnosis that your child has a rare condition that is fatal if left untreated….twice. Parents Julie and Brandon faced twice the heartache when both of their children, Luke and Molly, were diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Luke was less than a year when he was diveloped a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)...