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Take Action

There are several ways you can take action and make a difference.

  • Donate your time, energy and money to charities that support Childhood Cancer research and provide financial assistance to families. The following charities have given us immeasurable support over the past three years:

  • Become a volunteer Blood and/or Platelet Pheresis donor by contacting your local Blood Center to donate. Almost all Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy need blood transfusions. Your regular blood donation can help meet the needs of children and adults going through Cancer treatments.

  • Become a potential Bone Marrow or Stem Cell donor; you could be the one who directly saves the life of a child who needs a marrow or stem cell transplant. Contact the National Marrow Donor Program at 1-800-MARROW2 (1-800-627-7692) or the HLA Registry Foundation at 1-888-HLA-DONOR for more information or to register.

  • Know someone who is pregnant? Share with them the knowledge that the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies after birth contains large numbers of blood stem cells that could potentially save a life, including their own or someone in their family. On the National Marrow Donor Program website you'll find both a list of Cord Blood Banks affiliated with NMD and a list of Cord Blood Banks not affiliated with NMD.

  • Purchase holiday cards, note cards, wall calendars, and shirts (all with kids' artwork) from FCOG's Art Program Catalog. Every purchase of the cards & gifts benefits the Foundation for the Children's Oncology Group and helps fund Childhood Cancer Research.

  • Support a Childhood Cancer Awareness Postage Stamp by participating in a letter writing campaign to support the approval of a childhood cancer stamp. Such a stamp would join others that have raised awareness of breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, organ donation and hospice care. Send your letter in support of a childhood cancer stamp to:

Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 5670
Washington, DC 20260-2437

Click HERE for a sample letter.

  • Write, call or email your Congressional Representatives and ask them to support pending legislation affecting Childhood Cancer including the Stem Cell Research Act of 2001.

  • Volunteer Your PC for the Intel-United Devices Cancer Research Project. Your PC will be used to help process molecular research being conducted by the University of Oxford and the National Foundation for Cancer Research. To participate, you simply download a very small, no cost, non-invasive software program that works like a screensaver: it runs when your computer isn't being used, and processes research until you need your machine.

  • Join Team in Training and become a part of the more than 30,000 runners, walkers and cyclists who will participate in the world's major marathons and centuries this year on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Team In Training has raised millions of dollars toward finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma.

Know of other ways to Take Action? Send us an email and we'll post it on this page.

Todd Martini       
October 22, 2001


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