National BraveHearts Day:
Celebrated On April 28th Every Year, National BraveHearts Day honors those little flowers of society, the innocent beings, for their and their family’s bravery in battling pediatric cancer. The day highlights their battles and provides hope.
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Why National BraveHearts Day?
In the 2000s, Ava was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumor and was, at the time, merely 13 months old.
Cancer that is common among children is leukemia. Brain cancer is prevalent among teenagers. Bone cancer is common among children. While, on the one hand, cancer is comparatively rare among children, it is, on the other hand, the leading cause of death among children past the infancy stage. It is not only a painful fight, and it involves true emotional and mental struggle, both for the family of those battling it and the warriors themselves. The worst part is that it used to be a lonely fight. At a time so critical and unsure, these families need support more than ever.
When Ava was diagnosed with the tumor, her parents, Jeremy and Amy Jacobs, decided that nobody deserved to feel such a loss of hope and support. Hence, Jacobs set up the BraveHearts For Kids organization to support and care for the people fighting pediatric cancer and those who were helping them do so. This organization provides hope, guidance, and resources to help save the lives of children and help families dealing with a patient with childhood cancer free of cost. It is a purely non-profit organization that aims to help bring about a ray of light in the lives of those battling the disease and the circumstance.
So, why is National BraveHearts Day celebrated? The reason is quite simple. It is observed to offer hope and support to families and children suffering from pediatric cancer and also remind them that they are not alone in the struggle and that help is available if or when they need it. There is an app, the Spotlight Hope app, that allows people to access free resources that can help them figure their way out of each step of their journey of fighting pediatric cancer. The BraveHearts For Kids organization also set up this app in order to help those in need each stage of the way.
How Can We Observe National BraveHearts Day:
- Guide a family: If you know a family struggling with pediatric cancer, guide them to the BraveHearts organization and the spotlight app. This way, lend a helping hand to someone in need.
Apart from this, you can also share about the organization with the people you know, so that, god forbid, if they are faced with trouble like this, they will know where to seek guidance.
- Donate: If it is within your means, do not shy away from donating to the BraveHearts For Kids organization or any other trusted pediatric cancer organization. This helps these not-for-profit organizations stay afloat and efficiently help anyone who struggles with pediatric cancer.
- Share: Post about pediatric cancer, BraveHearts For Kids, and recognize the day via all your social media platforms. Knowledge shared is never bad, and the more people know about this, the more beneficial they can be. Use hashtags #BraveHeartsDay and #NationalBraveHeartsDay to spread the word.
Interesting Facts on National BraveHearts Day:
Here are a few facts about National BraveHearts Day that you must read today.
- If we take the entire world into consideration, every three minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. Every day, there are over 800 cases, and each year, over 300,000.
- With early diagnosis, 70% of all pediatric cancers can be cured.
- Usually, childhood cancer cannot be prevented or identified through regular screening.
- Childhood cancer survivors are twice as likely to suffer from chronic health conditions due to the excessive drug consumed to cure it.
- 1/285 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 20.
- Despite such high numbers and risks, childhood cancer research receives just 4% of the annual National Institutes of Health budget.
- Pediatric cancer kills 1,800 children in the US each year.
- While 84% of those diagnosed live five years after diagnosis in the United States, they are not necessarily cured or free of long-term side effects.
History of National BraveHearts Day:
The National BraveHearts day is an initiative of the BraveHearts For Kids organization founded by Jeremy and Amy Jacobs.