The 4%.

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The 4%.

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Every single day 32 children are diagnosed with cancer. 4 of those children will not survive. The rest can suffer from long term effects from their treatment.

$5.067 BILLION in government funding is for cancer research. 4% of that goes towards pediatric cancer. 

Average cost of cancer treatment for 1 child is $500,000. Even with insurance, out-of-pocket costs average $40,000 per child for treatment. 40% of a families monthly income (on average) will go to cancer-related costs that are NOT direct medical bills such as transportation, decreased income, and relocation for treatment. 

These numbers are staggering. They have to change. These kids deserve to be more than just 4%. 

Lighthouse For Hope covers the things that insurance doesn't cover. While we can't make all these extra expenses go away, we can make a dent. Some of the best things people did for my families during one of our trials with cancer was give us gas cards and fill our fridge. At one point I was driving over 40 miles to the hospital every day for 12 weeks in a car that sometimes couldn't even make the trip to Target. 

We can make sure that these families can buy gas to drive to and from the hospital, put food on the table, and have clean clothes to wear to chemo. If even for just a brief moment, they do not have to worry about affording basic necessities while experiencing the physical, emotional, and financial setbacks caused by childhood cancer. 

Join us and be a light. 

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You CAN help.

I received an email this morning that said "Unfortunately (but also fortunately) I have not been touched by cancer close enough to be able to help you." This kind of struck me. Often people tell me that they can't help me because they don't have any money to donate. While financial support of Lighthouse is extremely important, it is not the only way. I am here to tell you that not only do we need help, but you CAN help. 

Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S. Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. One in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive. Childhood cancer is a big problem. You may not have been personally touched by it, but you might be. And you can be touched by it by hearing the stories of the families we help. 

There are so many ways you can help out Lighthouse For Hope. 

  1. Donate. You can either donate by clicking the "DONATE" button on our homepage or by purchasing some of our merchandise. Proceeds will go directly to families fighting the good fight.
  2. Become an ambassador. If you are a college student, please apply to be part of our Ambassador For Hope program.
  3. POST. This is quite possibly the biggest way you can help out Lighthouse for Hope right now. We need help raising awareness. Post a picture in your Lighthouse shirt or hat and share a little about Lighthouse's mission and how easy it is to get involved. If you do not have any Lighthouse merchandise, you are more than welcome to repost one of our images. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and like us on Facebook. 
  4. Fundraise! There are so many fundraising ideas you can start to benefit Lighthouse. Run a 5k and get friends and family to sponsor you, read a stack of books, jump rope for 24 hours - the sky is the limit! Do something challenging for yourself and ask friends and family to make a donation.

Lighthouse is always looking for helping hands. We are eager to make a difference this year and we can't do it alone.  Join us in the fight against pediatric cancer!

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