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Cancer is a collection of diseases.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cancer is a term used to describe diseases in which abnormal cells grow without control and are able to invade other parts of the body. There are more than 100 types of cancer, and they are usually named after the organ or type of cell in which the cancer originated (e.g., cancer originating in the brain is called brain cancer).

 “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with groups like Naomi’s Fund to advance cutting-edge strategies identified by researchers to develop and implement unique therapeutic approaches, for children with cancer and blood diseases.”

Dr. John Cunningham, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology, and Stem Cell Research

Chief, Section of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology
Director, Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital

Cancers can be grouped into main categories that include leukemia (cancers that begin in white blood cells), sarcoma (cancers that begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue), central nervous system cancers (cancers that begin in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord) and others.

Cancers in children and adults are not the same and require different research.

With most cancers occurring in people over the age of 65, the NCI cites “growing older” as the most important risk factor for developing cancer. Other cited risk factors include tobacco use, hormone replacement and occupational exposures to toxic substances. While this information can be used to lower an adult’s risk of developing cancer, it does not hold the same promise for children. And with differences in the risks for cancers between children and adults come differences in what we need to know to combat them. Research is the gateway to learning what we need to know about–and prevailing over–pediatric cancers.

Individuals like you can bring attention to lives claimed by pediatric cancer and help ensure it gets the research support it needs.

A first step toward pediatric cancer research is promoting pediatric cancer awareness. It’s by telling the stories that don’t reach the headlines that the public can learn about life-ending themes in pediatric cancer that have persisted for too long; themes that require the public’s response–financial or otherwise–to be ended.

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Naomi’s Fund is dedicated to providing individuals like you with the information you need to talk to family and friends about pediatric cancer so that they can also become part of the solution. But there are other stories to tell more important than those abo

Naomi’s Fund is developing an online storybook to remember children who have died from cancer. There, family members and friends can submit stories to keep alive their loved ones lessons…and laughter. For more information, visit this page again soon or receive an email alert by subscribing to our soon-to-be-launched Newsletter.