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It is that time of year again when we lace up our shoes for our annual Alex’s Walk N Roll Toward Wellness Event. Together we CAN make a difference for future generations. It starts with that first step…

We are super excited that again this year our Alex’s Walk N Roll Toward Wellness Event will include both a Fun Run (1 – 2 track laps) AND 5K event. Both events are welcome to all runners, walkers, and rollers as the course is wheelchair friendly. Due to venue restrictions please do not bring bikes, dogs, rollerblades, or any other “wheels” on the course. Alex’s Walk-N-Roll Toward Wellness is a family friendly fundraising event focused on raising awareness for Childhood Cancers! To participate in the 5K or Fun Run, make sure to register on-line early to guarantee your event t-shirt, late registrant t-shirts are available on first come first serve basis. While we encourage early registration, onsite registration will also be available. If you aren’t interested in participating in the 5k or fun run, you can simply come on out and enjoy the many games, activities, music, moon bounces, raffles, prizes, and much more that the event has to offer!

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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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Save the Date: 8th ANNUAL ALEX’S WALK N ROLL TOWARD WELLNESS 5K & FUN RUN EVENT

We hope you will plan to join Alex’s Army for our 8th Annual 5K and Fun Run event! This is a family friendly event and includes much more than the 5K and Fun Run – we will have moon bounces, face painting, music, games, awesome raffle prizes, and more! Registration for the 5K includes an event t-shirt, goodie bag, and medals will be awarded for fastest times in various age categories!

To be an official sponsor of this years’ event, please contact Jennifer@alexsarmyccf.org.

Registration info will be up soon so be sure to check back to hold your spot!

Spread the word and let your friends on Facebook know you’re coming.

Check out the events page to see other upcoming events.

Fighter of the Month: August 2016

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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.

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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!