Childhood Cancer Awareness
Childhood cancer continues to be one of the leading causes of death by disease in children. In the U.S., almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year. This month, we remember the young lives taken too soon, stand with the families facing childhood cancer today, and rededicate ourselves to combating this terrible illness.
Healthcare Districts in California often play an important role in treating, diagnosing, and educating those in their community affected by this illness. Without your hard work and dedication, your presence in the communities you serve, the children affected by cancer would be helpless against the disease. We appreciate all that you have done about this issue and urge you to continue to work toward a cure.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month spotlights pediatric cancer, survivor programs, and most importantly, it raises awareness and necessary funds for research and family support. This month, visit the American Childhood Cancer Organization website to be an active participant in helping the cause.
Pain Awareness Month
In honor of Pain Awareness Month, ACHD would like to thank those who work tirelessly each day to help those affected by chronic pain. In every community in California people deal with pain management issues, without the services provided by Healthcare Districts, those people would often have nowhere to turn to for help.
Over 76 million people in the U.S. are affected by chronic pain, for which there is no cure. It has the ability to severely impair social, physical, and psychological quality of life. There are many barriers to helping people living with chronic pain including: program-imperiling budget cuts, skyrocketing pharmaceutical costs, abuse of pain management medications by some, refueling fears about addiction, and underserved minorities who must continue to do without.
The best way to help patients, friends, and relatives living with pain of any kind is through education and awareness. There are many resources to help educate yourself and those around you about pain, how it can be managed, where to go for help, and how to ask for help. The following websites offer ideas and information about spreading awareness this month.