Childhood Cancer Awareness 2023: #ShowUsYourTeam


Childhood Cancer Awareness: Ocean Of (Toms River/Brick): Donate
#ShowUsYourTeam: Tackle Kids Cancer · Tom Coughlin Jay Fund · New Jersey Dept. of Health · Cancer Institute Of New Jersey

Back to school time means getting back into regular routines with homework, sports, clubs, sleep schedules and more. Just as important is your child’s routine visit to his or her pediatrician: along with monitoring overall health and wellness, this routine appointment can serve as a preventative tool in helping to combat conditions such as obesity, heart disease and even cancer.

Keep in mind that when cancer symptoms (such as swelling, pain, headaches) do present themselves, they often can be dismissed as less serious ailments since cancer is of low suspicion in this population –- especially in teens. This in itself presents a challenge, as members of this age group typically no longer go to a family physician for an annual visit and may not be covered under their parent’s insurance for a yearly exam past a certain age.

For those youngsters who do face cancer, it should be noted that the prognosis is not as poor as it used to be. The five-year survival rate for children with cancer is 83 percent, which is up from more than 50 percent in the mid-1970s, according to the NCI. Much of this can be attributed to access to cutting-edge treatments. is a non-profit, charitable 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to helping Ocean County children with cancer and their families. Our purpose is to assist the children through their illness with financial and emotional support and experience the “normal” joys of childhood.

Gift cards are a huge help for our families. You can donate gift cards for: Grocery stores, Restaurants, Pharmacies, General shopping, etc. Any denomination will help.

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