McNinch Primary School went GOLD for the second year in a row to raise money for Childhood Cancer Research. September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and a big push is on to raise awareness of the drastic lack of funding for childhood specific cancers.
This year McNinch sold T-shirts, had a crazy hair day, a crazy sock day, and a hat day to raise $1,213.17. All of the money was donated to the non-profit organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which provides research grants for childhood specific cancers.
In addition, school secretary, Brenda Crow, and school counselor, Jennifer Pickett, teamed up online to walk 170 miles during the month of September for Alex’s Million Mile. They were able to raise an additional $1,150.
Only 4% of federal funding is allocated to childhood cancer research. Here in the U.S. about 1 in 285 kids are diagnosed with cancer before age 20, an INCREASE of 29% over the last 20 years. Even though the 5 year survival rate is 80%, almost all of the survivors suffer from a chronic health condition by the age of 45 related to the cancer or cancer treatment.