Decatur, GA (PRWEB) September 16, 2010
In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Camp Sunshine is teaming up with the Atlanta Half Marathon to offer people a unique opportunity to show their support for children and families impacted by childhood cancer. The Atlanta Half Marathon is among the largest half marathons in the US, and is a Thanksgiving Day tradition for thousands of runners and volunteers alike. Runners can register online now to fundraise for Camp Sunshine as they train for the Half Marathon. A runner's experience will be that much more meaningful, knowing that they are running in honor of hundreds of children in Georgia who are battling cancer. The miles these runners cover will help Camp Sunshine continue its year round programs for the entire family. Runners who join the Camp Sunshine team will receive a training program and a special gift from Camp Sunshine.
Register online here: http://www.mycampsunshine.kintera.org/halfmarathon
September is nationally recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the United States, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. Each year, about 12,400 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer; hundreds of these are in Georgia. Despite dramatically increased survival rates for certain types of childhood cancer, over 2,300 children die from cancer each year. Over the past 50 years, advancements through research have transformed childhood cancer from a nearly incurable disease to one with an overall 78% cure rate. However, two-thirds of children who are cured of pediatric cancer endure at least one long-term health problem arising from their treatment.
A diagnosis of cancer causes dramatic and sometimes frightening changes for any family. Camp Sunshine began as a one-week summer camp in 1983 to serve those families and today serves over 850 families in Georgia with recreational, educational and support programs throughout the year.
About Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine enriches the lives of Georgia’s children with cancer and their families through year-round recreational, educational and support programs. Camp Sunshine is committed to providing opportunities for normal development for all children with cancer throughout their journey and bringing together those with similar experiences to share and draw strength from one another amid that common understanding. For more information call 404.325.7979 or visit http://www.mycampsunshine.com .