Did you know that kids and dogs develop several cancers in common including bone cancer, brain cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia? 16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year – with only 3 new kids cancer drugs in 20 years, there is little money behind new drugs- only 4% of NIH’s budget goes to pediatric oncology. Some 4,000,000 dogs in the US are diagnosed with cancer; 50% of all dogs over the age of 10 die from their disease, and treatment options are limited for man’s best friend.
Canines-N-Kids has made a unique practice of partnering the two. Treating and researching cancer in dogs can help us to treat children with the same cancers, furthering the effort in the fight against cancer, and developing better treatment options.
The organization will be using wristbands as a giveaway for their “Paws for a Cure Summit” which will be held June 12th in Washington, DC, as well as for their first annual “Two by Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancer” on October 1st, in Brambleton, VA. They eventually hope to offer them for purchase on their website. The bands feature their unique design and logo and will help share their message and raise awareness.
Reminderband is happy to feature this awesome organization and their cause.
Abri was just eight years old when she was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, on September 4, 2015. After a year of brutal treatment and limb salvage surgery, she is now six months in remission.
The folks behind supporting Abri, her Team Abri facebook page, and others affected by childhood cancer have designed their very own wristband to spread Abri’s message. This band shares the prayer that she prays every night:
We love Abri’s message and we wish her and all others facing the devastation of childhood cancer the best of luck!
To learn more about Abri’s story and about others who are battling cancer, head over to their facebook page, here. If you have your own cancer support organization, page, or group, take a look at our resources for all the cancer types and wristbands to find the perfect bracelet or keychain for your cause.
We hear a lot of stories at Reminderband of cancer survivors spreading awareness and fundraising for cancer, whether for individual treatment costs or for research. We also hear about a lot of events such as races, benefit dinners, and walkathons to raise money to fight cancer.
Lung cancer is definitely underrepresented in funding when compared with percentage of cancer deaths — only a small sliver of the whole of cancer funding goes toward lung cancer specifically, while it makes up nearly a quarter of all cancer deaths in the U.S. Pancreatic, kidney, and liver cancers are underrepresented as well.
Individuals tend to fight for a cause that has affected them or loved ones personally, and any awareness or fundraising against cancer is good. Cancer research can overlap too — a development in fighting brain cancer may also help in treating breast cancer, for example. But keep the above data in mind when seeking a new cause or considering need, because some cancers are getting more funding than others.
In addition to being the home of Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, and President’s Day, did you know that February is also National Cancer Prevention Month?
Cancer may seem like it strikes randomly and without reason. While anyone can develop cancer, there are some risk factors in your control. Here’s a list of doctor-recommended ways to reduce your risk of getting cancer:
Protect yourself from the sun — wear sunscreen, stay in the shade, and don’t use tanning beds.
Don’t use tobacco of any type.
Eat a healthy diet — one low in fat, high in fruits and vegetables, and drink alcohol only in moderation.
Screen early and often. Self-checks and medical exams can help catch cancer early, which increases the likelihood that treatment is successful.
You have probably heard of awareness ribbons: symbols in different colors to raise awareness for the battle against certain diseases. For example, the pink ribbon represents the fight against breast cancer. Ribbons were tied on trees or pinned to lapels to bring attention to certain causes.
Nowadays, ribbons aren’t as common. Instead, wristbands, or cancer bracelets, can raise awareness and funds in the same way ribbons do, or just serve as a personal reminder — except they can be worn all the time, and by anyone, no pin necessary.
How are they used?
While all cancer bracelets spread awareness, they have a variety of uses and spread awareness in different ways. Cancer bracelets are worn by both women and men in the battle against cancer to show support for loved ones or as a personal reminder. Cancer bracelets are handed out at awareness events and hospitals and worn by families and survivors. Cancer awareness bracelets are also sold to raise funds for cancer research, pay for medical bills, or fundraise for a related cause.
For example, breast cancer bracelets are handed out at races, sold during October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or worn by friends and family of a survivor to promote breast cancer awareness.
How can they be made?
With a wide variety of uses, cancer bracelets need to be customizable. Reminderband cancer wristband bracelets can be made with any color, name, message, logo, symbol or art to fit any wrist. There’s no minimum order on Reminderband cancer bracelets, so you can order as few as one or as many as one million bulk custom bracelets.
Kassidy Foster was a 12-year-old sixth grader just like any other. She was a level 7 gymnast at Virginia Techniques Gymnastics and a member of Faith Fellowship Church. Her favorite color was pink and her favorite flowers were roses. All fairly typical for a 12-year-old American girl.
To the regret of many on Thursday, March 29, 2007, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – the most common type of bone cancer. The doctors have found cancerous cells on her right femur near the knee and close to hip hip. They also found cancerous cells in her chest between my heart and lungs. All not so typical for such a young and spirited girl.
On April 4 she started chemotherapy. The doctors expected her to need chemotherapy for about 40 weeks and surgery to replace her femur with a rod. Unfortunately these efforts were in vain. Kassidy passed away on July 16, 2007 after a long and grueling fight against her cancer.
Though Kassidy’s body has gone, her spirit of selflessness and dedication lives on. To remember Kassidy and her short legacy family members had small cancer bracelet wrist bands made in her honor. The wristbands help their wearers to remember Kassidy and and try to incorporate in their lives many of the wonderful traits she possessed.