There are many awareness months which we observe throughout the year.  The purpose of these campaigns — often tied to a particular disease or condition — are to increase the general public’s knowledge and perhaps create some understanding for those affected.

 

A little background:

 

Sickle Cell Awareness Month was first officially recognized by the federal government in 1983.  (Proclamation 5102 on September 21, 1983 by President Ronald Reagan)

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We came across this illustration from the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (of which we are a proud member) showing some of the incredible advances in the survivability of childhood cancer since the 1970s. These advances would not have been possible without the support, hard work, and dedication of physicians, researchers, patients, families and many others.

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