Childhood Cancer Survivors Share Their Stories, The Super Power They'd Use To Fight Cancer, And More

"Stretch power!"

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of the month, we will be highlighting the stories of those affected, as well as the people who come to their aid and help bring awareness to the issue.

All over the world, kids are living with cancer and need help and resources, and sometimes hearing about their experiences firsthand can be the best way to spread awareness. In an effort to do this, Children's Cancer Research Fund has shared a video where child cancer survivors are asked a series of questions including, "What is cancer?" "What superpower would you use to fight cancer?" and "What would you call the people working to fight cancer?" 


The video features 10-year-old Tanner, an osteosarcoma survivor; 4-year-old Brooklyn, a leukemia survivor; 9-year-old Griffin, a Ewing Sarcoma survivor; and 8-year-old Emmy, a glioblastoma survivor.

Brooklyn describes cancer as, "When you're really sick and you have to go to the hospital." She adds that it makes your leg hurt, and when she walks her right leg hurts from her leukemia.

When asked what superpowers they'd use to fight cancer, Griffin suggests Iron Man's lasers to "shoot it out" while Emmy suggests tickling. Brooklyn says, "Stretch power!" 

The kids also reveal that they consider the people fighting cancer to be heroes and friends.

The video points out that for every $1 you give, researchers can secure an additional $18 in funding to end childhood cancer.

Finally, they ask the kids, "What would you do with a magic wand that could make things 18 times better?"

Tanner replies, "To wish that everybody with cancer to be cured."

Griffin adds, "To find a cure for cancer."

Approximately 15,700 kids are diagnosed with cancer every year, with 42 kids and teens finding out they have cancer every day in the U.S. alone. To help bring attention to the cause, or to find out how to donate, please visit Children's Cancer Research Fund.


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