Friday, May 6, 2016

Day 6: We Need a Cure!

I've been telling you about Tillery's story and will continue to do so every day in May. Today, I want to tell you about the scary truth, there is no cure on the horizon. You know why? There's no funding to find it!

The National Cancer Institute (government cancer research monies) only dedicates 4% of their funds to childhood cancer research. Their website says that childhood cancer is "uncommon".

Chances of being attacked by a shark: 1 in 11.5 million
Chances of getting struck by lightning in your lifetime: 1 in 6250
Chances of dying in a car accident: 1 in 470
Chances of a child being diagnosed with cancer: 1 in 330

Seems like childhood cancer is more common than many of our common fears!

Because there isn't much government funding or pharmaceutical funding, much of the pediatric brain tumor research funding comes from families, like ours, who are affected by a diagnosis. So we are doing our part by forming the TIL Foundation to raise research funds.

TIL Foundation t-shirts are on sale until Sunday so buy yours and support pediatric brain tumor research!

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