CoachArt Supports Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Every year in the United States, approximately 15,780 children (ages 0-19) are diagnosed with cancer.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a time to bring awareness to childhood cancer as a national health priority, and support families and kids impacted by childhood cancer. It is also an opportunity to share the impact that childhood cancer has made in our lives.
CoachArt’s mission is to create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. 32% of CoachArt students are impacted by childhood cancer. Since we know that cancer affects the whole family (and friends), members of our staff and our community joined us in sharing our personal stories to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Stories of Support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
“I was first diagnosed with ALL Ph+ (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) in January of 2014 when I was ten years old. After about a year of extensive chemotherapies which brought hair loss, isolation, and numerous physical ailments, the doctors discovered I had been misdiagnosed and actually had CML (chronic myeloid leukemia). I needed a bone marrow transplant and luckily my sister was a perfect match to be my donor. Through my treatment, I wasn’t able to participate in the activities I loved so much. CoachArt was there to change that. I took part in the improv club which helped me land myself a spot in a play with the American Conservatory Theater. This year I helped teach the improv club which had gotten me involved with CoachArt in the first place. This year, I was also a co-host for the 2019 CoachArt Benefit Gala. These experiences were life-changing and some of the most fun I have ever had.” – Nomi, CoachArt Student and Childhood Cancer Survivor
“Having the courage to go up the mountain and knowing that you’ll probably fall on your way down embodies so much of what CoachArt kids already know. It’s okay to struggle and it’s okay to feel uncertain – what matters is that our students continue to keep going and persevere beyond what seems possible.” – Emily, CoachArt Senior Progam Manager (San Diego)
“It’s easy to lose sight of the little things – the aspects of our lives we often take for granted, like love and good health. When your child is diagnosed with cancer, the wind is literally knocked out of your lungs and you fall to your knees praying for the chance to be grateful for those two little things. It was a tough journey, that’s for sure. But my daughter fought with every ounce of her six-year-old self. We are happy to report that 7 years later, she remains NED and we remain grateful for our family’s love and good health.” – Roxanne, CoachArt Marketing Director
“Noah is a 3-year-old Leukemia survivor. Being so young, he fought his battle very hard but definitely not alone. While living in Arizona made family coming together a bit difficult, distance was no measure for the love and support he received.
Family and friends took turns helping his parents out with watching over his siblings, letting his parents nap, donating money, making special humus to sell to continue to pay for his treatments, walking for Leukemia awareness month, making meals together to keep his family well fed when depression kicked in, providing jokes to keep him laughing, and endless music to keep his dancing spirit up.
Although it was difficult for our entire family this past year, his leukemia thankfully in remission. He would have fought much harder had he not had his amazingly, superhero medical team and family for being there with him every step of the way.” – Jasmin, Program Assistant
Resources For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Share Awareness with a Childhood Cancer Statistics Infographic, Here.
Learn 10 Ways to Support Your Support for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Here.
Support Resources and Podcast for Families Impacted Childhood Cancer and Chronic Illnesses, The UpBeat
Resources for Families Impacted by Childhood Cancer, American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)
CoachArt provides FREE private one-on-one lessons and organized group activities to any child between the ages of 5-18 that has been diagnosed at any point in their lives with pediatric cancer or another physical chronic condition. Patients, and their siblings, residing in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Fransisco Bay areas are invited to register for CoachArt programs.
Do you have a personal story for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to share? We’d love to hear from you! Please share your experience with us in the comments or tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY CHILDHOOD CHRONIC ILLNESS
Since 2001, CoachArt has matched volunteer coaches with students for one-on-one or group lessons in arts and athletics. Our vision is that one day every family impacted by chronic illness will be connected to a community of support and an opportunity to learn and grow together.
CoachArt offers free art and athletic lessons to chronically ill children and their siblings between the ages of 5-18 in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.
Ways to Help
Do you have an artistic or athletic skill you would like to share with a child impacted by chronic illness? Become a CoachArt Volunteer.
Learn how you can get involved with CoachArt to help kids impacted by chronic illness. Visit coachart.org/get-involved.
By choosing to donate to CoachArt, you are taking an active role in improving the quality of life for children with chronic illness. Your gift today is guaranteed to bring joy to a child’s life.