8th Annual Walk-N-Roll Toward Wellness Photos

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Grizzly/APYFL Scrimmages and Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

Alex’s Army Bowl

On Saturday, September 10th, Alex’s Army was humbled and honored to be made a part of the annual scrimmages – now known as the Alex’s Army Bowl – between the Grizzly and Amercian Pride youth football leagues! The event raises awareness for and honors families who have been impacted by Childhood Cancers.

These are pictures taken from the event.

We were joined by 6 amazing families all who were our “Honorary Captains” and took part in the coin tosses for the games. The families were showered with small gifts of love from both the APYFL and Grizzly leagues as well as from Alex’s Army! It was a (hot) day full of fun, football, and GOING GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!

Special thanks to the commissioners for APYFL, GYfl, to all the coaches, players, parents, and referees who welcomed and included the families with open arms! Thank you also to the families involved in adding another level of competition and support to this event by pledging donations per point scored and representing both leagues! Thank you also to our friends at Ellies Hats for the Gold Ribbon eyeblack! Thank you to all our volunteers who worked through the heat to ensure the day was a success!

Finally, thank you to all the families who were able to join us in being “honorary captains” this year – You each hold a very special place in our hearts!

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Fighter of the Month: August 2016

FighterOfTheMonthAug2016

Julia is a 15 yr old T-Cell ALL warrior. She has been in treatment since August 2014. Julia has a strong faith in Christ, joy, and a quiet strength. The journey has been long and hard. Julia is expected to finish chemo treatments in December, she will then begin a series of surgeries to repair damage to her joints. At this point, she needs both hips replaced and has a torn meniscus in one knee. She also has joint damage in both knees, although it is not certain if she will need knee replacements at this time.

Julia has a Facebook page: Team Julia

She also has a Caring Bridge page: Julia Fulmer

New Data Shows a Child Is Diagnosed With Cancer Every 2 Minutes

According to new research done by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), about 215,000 children worldwide — from infants to 14-year-olds — are newly diagnosed with childhood cancer each year.

That’s a big jump from their last study, which showed about 165,000 new cases of childhood cancer each year.

On top of that, the new study found that 85,000 adolescents — from 15-year-olds to 19-year-olds — are being diagnosed each year, bringing the overall incidence of childhood cancer to 300,000 kids per year.

But what do these new numbers really mean?

They mean that every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.

They mean that childhood cancer research — and more funding for it — is more crucial than ever before.

Read more…

Finding A Cure Wouldn’t Mean We’ve Defeated Cancer

When President Barack Obama announced the $1 billion moonshot initiative in February, he appointed Vice President Joe Biden, whose 46-year-old son Beau died of brain cancer last year, to be the project’s steward.

“Right now, only 5 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. end up in a clinical trial,” Biden wrote in Medium in January. “The science, data, and research results are trapped in silos, preventing faster progress and greater reach to patients. It’s not just about developing game-changing treatments  —  it’s about delivering them to those who need them.”

Wednesday’s National Cancer Moonshot Summit, which harkens back to Richard Nixon’s 1971 “war on cancer,” is a national day of action led by Biden to crowdsource strategies for accelerating cancer-curing research from more than 350 scientists, oncologists, data and tech experts, patients, families and advocates across the country.

While the summit is a first step toward the moonshot’s expressed goal of doubling the current rate of progress toward a cure for cancer, there has been noticeably little discussion among politicians, advocacy groups and other stakeholders of what curing cancer actually means.

A spokeswoman for Biden said that the summit incorporated a discussion on survivorship, but declined to comment on the record about specific ways the moonshot would address the issue.

Critics called the initiative oversimplified, and emphasized that because cancer is many diseases, not just one, it’s unrealistic to push for a single cure. Others pushed back on the initiative’s meager budget.

“Let’s be honest,” Ezekiel Emanuel, oncologist and chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, told STAT. “There’s not that much money in the moonshot. I just don’t think it is going to have that big an impact.”

Later in January, the vice president added, “I said I believe that we need an absolute national commitment to end cancer as we know,” he said. “I’m not naive, I didn’t think we could ‘end cancer.’ I’m not looking for a silver bullet. There is none.”

Survival is also more complicated than being cancer-free, a concern that’s rarely included in well-meaning, but oversimplified political initiatives and awareness months. Survivors’ stories, particularly those of childhood survivors who have had the longest tenure with cancer and its side effects, could help broaden the focus of the moonshot aims by highlighting their experiences of what life after cancer is like.

Read full article (huffingtonpost)

Fighting Childhood Cancer Until There's a Cure!