Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support.*

Pediatric brain tumors are a type of childhood cancer. Today, there are more than 40,000 children in the U.S. living with a brain tumor diagnosis. Brain tumors are the most common form of cancer for children aged 0-14 in the United States and are the largest cause of childhood cancer related deaths. Approximately 2,200 children in the US are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year.

You can help support Ian’s Friends Foundation this September by:

1.) Making a donation to IFF to support our mission to undertake and support initiatives at world-renowned research institutions around the country that focus on developing new therapeutic methodologies for the treatment of pediatric brain tumors.

2.) Participate in our annual t-shirt contest! Snap a picture of yourself in an IFF t-shirt (Need a free t-shirt? Send your request to amy@iansfriendsfoundation.com), post it on your Facebook page and Share on social media!

3.) Attend the annual Ian’s Friends Foundation Evening of Inspiration on November 5th at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta.

Many of you already support Ian’s Friends Foundation in countless ways and we cannot thank you enough. Your ongoing belief in our mission is what keeps IFF moving forward. Together, we will find a cure for pediatric brain tumors.

* American Childhood Cancer Organization website (www.acco.org/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/)