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Understanding AYA

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term AYA, it stands for “Adolescent and Young Adult”.  Because this age range falls neatly under neither “Children” nor “Adult”, this group is often overlooked.  The Seany Room at RCHSD was designed especially with AYA in mind.

Now, here is an interesting fact from our friends at i2y: Some 72,000 Americans aged 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and more than 10,000 die. They make up less than 10% of all cancer patients, but survival rates for teens and young adults have barely budged since 1975, while those for children and older people have made dramatic gains.

This excerpt was published in the Wall Street Journal. Read the full article to better understand why The Seany Foundation holds our AYA patients so near and dear to our hearts.

What Is Ewing’s Sarcoma

The more we can find out about these orphan diseases, the more we can do to help treat them and find cures.  Here is an informative video about Ewing’s sarcoma, the type of cancer that Sean battled for 7 years:

September: National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

This month is as good as any to learn more about how you can help in the battle against pediatric cancer!  Here are a few tidbits of information taken from our fact page about childhood cancers:

Cancer kills more kids than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and muscular dystrophy COMBINED.

The incidence of childhood cancer increased 33% between 1975 and 2001.

Sarcomas are cancers of connective tissue (bone, muscle, fat, cartilage, some soft tissue).

There are over 50 types of pediatric sarcomas; they account for 20% of all pediatric cancers.

99% of all sarcomas occur in children.

To help make a difference in the lives of childhood battling cancer, please help us to spread the word.  Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to read our blog, subscribe to our newsletter, watch our videos, follow our tweets, attend our events, and/or donate online.  Do good; feel good.  Help us raise awareness this month and join us to celebrate your hard work on Sunday, October 11.