I love September for many reasons.
It’s the beginning of all things fall. It’s my birthday month. And it’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Perhaps somewhat fortunately, many people know little to nothing about childhood cancer. But awareness is power, so I’d like to present a few facts:
“About 10,380 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016…Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more…Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and other factors…Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children (after accidents). About 1,250 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2016.” (Quoted from American Cancer Society, Inc.)
I wanted to share this information with each of you because every one of these 10,380 individuals is an individual – they are a precious soul. They are someone’s son, daughter, brother, sister, grandson, granddaughter, nephew, niece, friend, or neighbor. I have known some of these individuals, and they are exceedingly precious. I have seen some of these families walk through this trial, and it is indeed heartbreaking. Cancer is an enemy that I pray none of us would know intimately. However unfair it seems though, it is unfortunately the reality of too many. They need our prayers.
Will you pray for them with me this month?
- Pray for those who are currently fighting.
- Pray for the families who have lost a child to this disease.
- Pray for the continued health and healing of the survivors.
- Pray for the families who come alongside these brave children.
- Pray for the children fighting this battle alone – without a family.
- And most of all, pray that the God of all comfort would know each of them intimately and instill in them the peace and the hope they need to persevere.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
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