Go Gold!

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

It is a time to:

  • Acknowledge the thousands of children and their families who are dealing with a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
  • Raise awareness about the reality of childhood cancers.
  • Emphasize the importance of supporting kids’ cancer research that is helping improve and save lives daily.

For those affected, every day of every month is dominated by childhood cancer.

The Morgan Adams Foundation is proud to have partnered with Children’s Hospital Colorado and other renowned research institutions around the world for nearly 20 years to improve kids’ cancer treatments and outcomes through innovative and groundbreaking scientific research.

Why It Matters

One of the greatest obstacles we face in the effort to end pediatric cancer is lack of awareness. Unless someone has been personally affected by a child’s experience with cancer, it is very difficult to understand the true reality — of how many kids and families childhood cancer affects, of how mentally and physically traumatic kids’ cancer is, and of how utterly disruptive and destructive cancer is to childhood and family. Once a family hears their child has cancer, no one’s life will ever be the same.

Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children — 1 in every 330 kids is diagnosed with cancer across the US each year.

But no one wants to think or talk about kids getting cancer, undergoing brutal treatments, countless clinic visits, and dying.

We understand – it’s not a pleasant topic. And in a world with quite a bit of hurt, no one wants one more reason to be sad. But, for the kids and their families facing a diagnosis, childhood cancer overtakes their whole world. There is no room to ignore or get away.


How you can help.

You are a voice, and many voices joined together have great power. We need you to join with us and spread the word about childhood cancer.

  • Share your experience: Tell people your story and why you Go Gold in support of kids’ cancer research.
  • Be the face: Change your profile picture to show your support for Childhood Cancer Awareness.
  • Social media: Share information and some of these personal stories to raise awareness.
  • Learn: Know the facts and tell others too. 
  • Get involved in the conversation: Start a dialogue with the experts. Sign up for a tour of the lab.
  • Volunteer: Lend your time, talent and expertise by donating your time to a local organization. Learn more about helping at MAF.
  • Facebook Fundraising: Raise money and awareness at the same time with Facebook Fundraisers.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Shareables

Share these childhood cancer facts and graphics to help everything Go Gold in September and all year long:

  • 47 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each day 
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
  • Approximately 1,800 children die of cancer each year in the U.S.
  • Approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 20

  • 1 in 4 kids who survive cancer will have severe or life-threatening late side effects from their treatment

  • Every year, more than 17,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in kids under 20 in the U.S.
  • More than 40,000 kids and teens undergo treatment for cancer each year
  • Childhood cancer is responsible for more deaths per year than all other diseases combined
  • The average age of childhood cancer diagnosis is 6

Scroll down for more statistics and graphics you can share!

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Graphics

Please use these graphics to Go Gold in September and all year long!  (Right click to save images.)