On 2008, September 13, designated as "National Children's Cancer Awareness Day", "In 30 days, we once again strive to overcome childhood cancer and pay tribute to all young fighters and their families, to fight this devastating disease.
About 12,500 American children are diagnosed with some type of cancer each year.
This means that 46 children are diagnosed with the disease every day.
Although more children died of accidents, childhood cancer remains the leading cause of disease deaths in all children under the age of 20.
The good news is that significant advances in treatment over the past 50 years have improved the survival rate of childhood cancer.
The bad news is that the number of children diagnosed with cancer is rising.
While we do not know what causes childhood cancer, experts acknowledge that more than 90% of cancer is caused by environmental factors.
We also know that there are a lot of commonly used products that contain carcinogenic chemicals.
Last year, I wrote the release of the President's Cancer Group report, which warned "environmental-induced cancer" and I think we need support
I also provide several steps that you can take to reduce the risk of exposure to your child and yourself.
People familiar with my work know that fighting children's cancer is a problem that is very close to my heart and a problem that constantly motivates me every day.
My husband and I built Imus Ranch for children with cancer 13 years ago.
We see with our own eyes the daily challenges faced by these children and their families.
We know that there are very few difficulties in life that can be compared to the helplessness that parents feel when they are told that their precious child has cancer.
We have also seen the destruction of diagnosis in all aspects of family life.
We want to give as many children as possible an opportunity to experience unique things, to escape the pressure of their reality in a short period of time, to show them that they are not defined by disease and have the ability to do anything.
We work with these children every summer.
We live together in the big Manor and take care of the children as if they were our own.
We have a philosophy of instilling a strong sense of professional ethics, a strong sense of responsibility, and then restoring their sense of self-esteem, self-confidence and a sense of purpose in life.
At the same time, we create a healthy green environment that provides children with an organic, plant-based, all-food diet.
They get organic personal care products that only use non-
The toxic products of the horse and the overall care of the pastoral area.
On 2001, we opened the doors of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center at the first hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center
The mission of the project is to identify, control and ultimately prevent toxic exposure in an environment that threatens the health of our children.
Keep this mission in mind, because I believe prevention is the key to fighting childhood cancer, so I continue to create and implement non-
Toxic green cleaning:®Range of industrial and commercial cleaning products.
I hope you can remember the young faces behind the National Children's Cancer Publicity Month and support many non-
Profit-making organizations and institutions on the front line are working to overcome this terrible disease.
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ComDeirdre Imus is the founder and president of the Environmental Health Center tm, Deirdre Imus, Medical Center, Hackensack UniversityFounder and Co-
Director of Imus Ranch for children with cancer.
Deirdre is the author of four books, including three national best-selling books.
She often gives speeches on green life and children's health and is also a contributor to FoxNewsHealth. com.
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