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Ashley Beaudoin / Instagram @Beaudoinbby09

Many people know someone who has or had cancer at one point in their lives. Because it’s such a terrible, debilitating disease, it’s tragic when a child is diagnosed. Unfortunately, an estimated 15,780 children are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year, and a quarter of them don’t survive.

In the process, families are often torn apart and completely flipped upside down. That’s why Childhood Cancer Awareness Month was organized: to shine a spotlight on the different types of pediatric cancers, celebrate survivors, and remember the young lives lost to the heartbreaking disease. This month is also a time that families and charities work hard to raise funds to support cancer research and families.

Even today, no one quite understands what causes pediatric cancer. However, doctors and scientists have discovered new treatments to better combat the disease. For example, in recent decades, doctors and scientists have been able to improve the five-year survival rate from 50 percent to 80 percent. Today, more and more children are surviving childhood cancer, like Amber.

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