September means so many things – the start of school, the end of summer, cooler weather – but more importantly, it is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. What? You didn’t know that? Not surprising, given how busy most people are at this time of year.
Imagine, if you will, how much busier you would be if one of your children had cancer. Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer, so it could happen. Then, in addition to making lunches, doing laundry, walking the dog, going to work, you would have to add frequent visits to the doctor and the hospital into your family’s schedule.
But probably not visits to your local hospital, because more than likely it does not have a pediatric cancer unit. Which means you would probably have to travel over 60 miles each way, to get your child the cancer treatment he/she deserves. Which means someone else will probably need to pick your other children up after school and make them dinner. And explain why you are not there.
That is, if you can afford the luxury of putting gasoline into your car in the first place. Not everyone can. Which is where Compass To Care comes in. We help parents who have children in cancer treatment with “luxury” items like gasoline, parking fees, bus fare and tolls. Compass To Care will also help schedule, and pay for, airline trips and overnight stays.
Of course, we would not be able to provide any of these “luxuries” without the generous support of the many people all over the world who care about children with cancer. Because of this support, Compass To Care has already funded 1,825 trips for kids to get to cancer treatment THIS YEAR. Considering in 2015, we funded a TOTAL of 1,194 trips during the entire year, that is amazing!
Show you care during September, by supporting Compass To Care, and drawing more attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Make a donation in the name of someone you know with cancer; order a pair of Replace The Lace shoelaces; send a Dina Doll to a child with cancer – whatever you choose to do, remember, it could be your child you’re helping.