National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

On Aug. 31, 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as a means to help raise awareness to the ever-present battle against childhood cancers.

As we observe National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please take a moment to join the AACR in this cause by joining our Pediatric Cancer Working Group, taking part in programming held throughout the year, and by learning how you can help to support the continued fight against childhood cancer.   

Read the Presidential Proclamation of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2012.

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House Childhood Cancer Caucus Holds Annual Summit

Summit instrumental in building awareness in fight against pediatric cancer

The House Childhood Cancer Caucus hosted its sixth annual Childhood Cancer Summit, Sept. 18, 2015, on Capitol Hill. The event, co-chaired by Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.​), highlighted the progress and opportunities in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Lee Helman, MD, acting director of National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research, served as the keynote speaker for the event. The summit speakers, who included researchers, clinicians, and patient advocates, expressed the need to expand opportunities for childhood cancer research, prioritize the national investment in biomedical research and improve efforts to address quality of life issues for childhood cancer survivors.   

The Childhood Cancer Caucus, launched in June 2009 has been instrumental in raising the unique and critical challenges facing childhood cancer survivors and their loved ones to members of Congress and other relevant stakeholders. For more information on the caucus, visit the Childhood Cancer Caucus website.