Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The CERN Foundation is proud to support children and care providers through awareness activities, referral support, education, and supported research efforts. In this edition, we are highlighting a few people who have made a positive impact for our ependykids. Please join our effort to raise awareness by sharing this email with family and friends, submit your own inspiration story online, or join our Facebook page to stay connected.
Liz Dawes

Robert Connor Dawes Foundation Supports Ependymoma Research

The sixth annual Connor's Run was held on Sunday, September 16 and it has broken all the records - they raised a massive $1,032,626! This year's incredible effort means more money for world-leading research and brings the Connor's Run six year total to more than $3 million!
The RCD Foundation has provided support for the 2018 Robert Connor Dawes Scientific Fellowship. "The fellowship was created to support training opportunities for scientists working in ependymoma (the tumour Connor had), with the goal of advancing the science in this area and to encourage paediatric ependymoma research," shares Liz.
Sue Mead
David Arons

CERN Scientific Advisor Shares Support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By David Arons

CEO of the National Brain Tumor Society

In the brain tumor community, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month has a particular significance and importance. Indeed, pediatric brain tumors are the second-most common cancer in children (ages 0-14); most prevalent across the entire pediatric spectrum (0-19); and have unfortunately surpassed leukemia as the deadliest of all childhood and adolescent cancers, now accounting for three out of every 10 cancer deaths in our nation’s youth.
All pediatric brain tumors — including medulloblastoma, juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas, AT/RT, ependymoma, and others — are serious and potentially life-threatening and life-altering diseases for which more attention should be given and more must be done. Current treatment for many of these tumor types often simply relies on radiation – which can have potentially devastating late-effect on a child’s developing, and vulnerable, brain. 

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