One of our greatest opportunities for spreading awareness is one little act at a time. Kate was a kind soul who loved spreading cheer, so we decided to launch “Random Acts of Kateness” as a way to spread joy and awareness all at once.
No act is too small and kids LOVE helping! Friends and followers have been leaving little trinkets all over the world from small plastic dinosaurs to bottles of bubbles – all just waiting to be found. Together with this tag, we let people know a little about Kate, a little about childhood cancer and a lot about unexpected joy. Create your own Random Act of Kateness with this downloadable PDF and if you’re so inclined, tell us all about it! Post on our Facebook with hashtags #youfoundme #randomactsofkateness and #untilchildhoodcancerisextinct.
Other ideas for RAKs include:
- Buy coffee for someone else in line – use the opportunity to tell them about Kate!
- Leave a note in a library book or shopping cart – brighten someone’s day!
- Write a thank you card for your bus driver, crossing guard or neighbor to wish them a nice day!
- Leave change at a vending machine along with a RAK tag!
CureFest for Childhood Cancer
CureFest’s mission is to make childhood cancer research a national priority by uniting the childhood cancer community, the general public, the medical community and our elected leaders.
Until recently the childhood cancer community has struggled to find its voice because there are thousands of foundations and groups spread out across the country. These organizations have not historically worked together therefore their impact has been very diffused. CureFest brings many of these groups together in our Nation’s Capital to take a united stand against childhood cancer.
One of CureFest’s primary goals is to connect with and educate the general public. Since CureFest is held on The National Mall many tourists stop by and participate in the event. There are informational booths as well as games, activities and live entertainment.
Our goal is to grow the event steadily so that we can reach more people. Children with cancer deserve to have access to safer and less toxic treatments and a successful CureFest event is a step in the right direction.
Support the STAR Act of 2017
The Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2017 is the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill considered by the U.S. Congress and it needs your help! Please ask your Members of the U.S. Congress to become a cosponsor to vote this critical bill into law and thank your Members who have supported this important legislation which gives our nation’s kids with cancer a fighting chance!
The STAR Act is designed to promote greater research efforts for childhood cancer by (a) expanding bio-specimen collections from childhood cancer patients enrolled in NCI-sponsored clinical trials capturing relevant clinical, biological and demographic data, (b) improving childhood cancer surveillance, (c) ensuring the inclusion of at least one pediatric oncologist on the National Cancer Advisory Board, (d) requiring reporting on childhood cancer research projects conducted by the NIH, (e) enhancing research on the late effects of childhood cancers and creating models of care leading to improved quality of life for survivors.
The folks at American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) have a comprehensive form that has the language already done for you! Visit their page, click “take action,” personalize and send!