Although cancer in children is rare, it is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children. It is estimated that 15,780 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 years will be diagnosed with cancer. Leukemia is the most common childhood cancers. It accounts for 1 out of 3 cancers in children. While the cure rate slowly rises, the effect on families is life changing. Once diagnosed the entire families life is dramatically affected. In addition to the enormous amount of emotional pain endured by families, the financial challenges faced by families us extraordinary. The economic burden can have long-term effects on the financial security of the family, the quality of life and the future well being of the family. When parents are told "your child has leukemia", parents only concern is to save the life of their child. Then comes the harsh reality of finances, that few would ever be prepared for. The family finances can be affected in the following ways:
This process of curing a child who has been diagnosed with leukemia is not a short process. It generally takes over 3 years to finish treatments and 5 years before a child is considered cured. While being treated most of the costs above still effect the families. While going through this life altering event with a child who is currently battling leukemia, we have become very aware of the stressors families are facing. Our organization is determined to help these families when they need help the most.
We would not be able to do this without all the help from our supporters.
Currently, Childhood Leukemia Warriors Foundation provides ongoing financial assistance to the families for the entirety of their treatment at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, IL, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Our future goal is to provide the same financial assistance to children at all Chicago-land area hospitals.
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