Join the fight against childhood cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children ages 1 to 19 in the U.S. In fact, despite major treatment advances over the past 50 years, it is responsible for more deaths than all other diseases combined. Each September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month shines a light on this devastating disease.

About Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

What is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness about pediatric cancer, honoring and supporting children and families affected by it, and raising funds for critical research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

How did Childhood Cancer Awareness Month get started?

In 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, calling for a renewed commitment to fighting pediatric cancer.

What color represents childhood cancer awareness?

The color gold represents childhood cancer awareness. As a symbol of a precious metal of great worth, a gold ribbon reminds us how precious and valuable our children are. It’s a fantastic way to raise awareness and showcase your support for childhood cancer research.

Childhood cancer by the numbers


  • The American Cancer Society estimates that 15,190 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer in 2023. In the same year, an estimated 1,590 will die from the disease.
  • Only 3.25% of National Cancer Institute research funding is allocated specifically to childhood cancers at Phoenix Children’s

At Phoenix Children's

  • In 2022, more than 5,300 children were treated at the Center for Cancer for Blood Disorders, including 385 newly diagnosed cancer patients.
  • There are more than 180 studies of new cancer treatments in progress. More than 300 children are enrolled in these studies.

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