Maggie Schmidt was a healthy, vibrant and beautiful 16 year old girl when she was suddenly diagnosed in October 2016 with a very rare and aggressive cancer - Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors.
Maggie, her family, her Oncologist and a team of Doctors and Nurses at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC worked together to battle the cancer with various chemotherapy treatments and surgeries but unfortunately, Maggie lost her battle on June 1, 2017. Cancer robbed her of a full life. This was a difficult and painful journey for such a young person, yet Maggie faced her situation with courage and dignity. Maggie asked us before she died to help other children and young adults dealing with this devastating disease. This has now become Maggie's Mission.
Childhood cancer facts...
Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded, with only 4% allocated from federal funding going towards pediatric cancer research.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.
Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide.
Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.
Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group; socioeconomic class; or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.
September is childhood cancer awareness month. Gold ribbons symbolize children and young adult cancers. Use hashtag #morethan4 when posting to get the word out that 4% of federal funding is not enough. Use hashtag #gogold and #childhoodcancerawarenesssmonth to help raise awareness.