Westcliffe, Colorado Aug 27, 2021 (Issuewire.com) – Did you know that more children in the United States get diagnosed with cancer each year than most people realize? No one wants to think about such a horrific disease taking a toll on the bodies of innocent children who have not had a chance to make their mark on this Earth. But, unfortunately, it’s a real disease impacting thousands of children each year.
Nearly 17,000 children living in the United States between 0 to 19 years old will receive a cancer diagnosis each year. These numbers add up with each year that passes, leading to millions of children with cancer–or in remission–after undergoing lengthy procedures and extensive treatments.
While thousands of children receive the diagnosis, many childhood cancers and other childhood diseases aren’t adequately funded, which means treatment options are often limited. Although the government distributes billions of dollars to cancer research organizations, childhood cancer organizations only receive 4% of that money. If these organizations received more funding, scientists could complete additional research and likely develop more treatment options to cure children of these horrific diseases. No one should get stripped of their childhood because of cancer.
The Impact One Woman Hopes to Make
Sandy Scherff is a loving and nurturing woman. She’s a wife, mother of two, and grandmother who was born and raised in the Midwest. She graduated from college, got married, and pursued jobs in office administration before deciding to focus on network marketing. Getting into network marketing allowed her to work for herself as an entrepreneur. “I wanted to have more time to spend with my grandchildren during retirement, so I decided that working for myself was the best way to make that happen,” said Scherff.
Her husband, children, and grandchildren are the most important people in her life, so it’s no shock that Scherff was concerned after receiving a call from her daughter-in-law about her granddaughter, Sofia, in 2015. Scherff’s daughter-in-law explained that Sofia had a lump in her stomach and needed surgery to remove it. After the surgery, Sofia received a diagnosis of Wilms Tumor, a form of childhood cancer that typically develops in the kidneys. After radiation and chemo, Sofia’s cancer was in remission. Then, to her family’s dismay, she received a lung cancer diagnosis which is now in remission. If that wasn’t enough, the family received the devastating news that Scherff’s grandson, Cooper, had an incurable disease known as Neurofibromatosis (NF1). It can cause tumors to grow throughout areas of the body and has many other manifestations. Cooper and his family battle the effects of NF every day and are working diligently to raise money to fund research for treatments and a cure for NF.
It was a lot to handle, but Sandy Scherff never lost her smile. The health struggles that her grandchildren experience has ignited a passion inside her. She wants to get more funding for childhood cancer organizations. “4% of billions of dollars of funding isn’t enough for these childhood cancer organizations. They need and deserve more funding as they work hard to find a cure for the children diagnosed with such horrible diseases,” said Scherff. While on a quest to fight for more funding, Scherff has teamed up with the Children’s Tumor Foundation and childhood cancer organizations with hopes of increasing funding and finding a cure for NF1.
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