September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Kanab High School (KHS) invites you to observe the month with us. The color for Childhood Cancer is GOLD, and you will see it represented on our students and athletes throughout September. 

If you attend a KHS event this month, you’ll see gold ribbon stickers, hair bows, gold face paint, shoelaces, bracelets and more. We invite you to add a little gold to your red and white, and come support our student/athletes at all  their events as we bring awareness to childhood cancer. 

In addition to wearing gold, the Kanab schools will continue to collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. The Ronald McDonald House in Salt Lake City, and the Ronald McDonald Room at Primary Children’s Hospital, provide beds, laundry facilities, showers, kitchen access and much more to families far from home while their children are undergoing medical treatments.

Pop tabs are found on millions of beverage and food cans. These small pop tabs are proving to be a tremendous source of charitable revenue for Ronald McDonald Houses. Save your aluminum pull-tabs from soda cans, pet food cans, and soup cans! Tabs can be dropped off at the office of any Kanab school all year long!

We are also collecting new, unopened items to donate to the cancer unit at Primary Children’s Hospital. Cancer kids are often stuck in their hospital rooms and would enjoy something new and fun to do. Ideas for donations include markers, play dough, small blankets, craft supplies, small Lego sets, books, DVDs, games, etc. Donations can be dropped off at Kanab Middle School from September 6-13. 

Please join the Kanab students in bringing awareness and support to the childhood cancer cause. BE BOLD! GO GOLD! Support the fighters, admire the survivors, honor the taken, and never, ever give up hope! 

Childhood cancer statistics from curesearch.org:

Each year, parents of approximately 15,600 kids will hear the words, “your child has cancer.” Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number on cause of death by disease in children. Despite major advances – from an overall survival rate of 10 percent just 50 years ago to nearly 90 percent today, for many rare cancers, the survival rate is much lower. Furthermore, the number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in nearly 20 years. 

• Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.

• 12 percent of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive. 

• The average age of children diagnosed is six. 

• More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.

• 60 percent of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers. 

• There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States. That equates to one in 530 adults, ages 20-39.