Childhood/Adolescent cancer is the number one cause of death due to disease in children younger than 20 years of age. Deaths from cancer exceed those related to cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma, and AIDS combined. Tennessee is a leader in treating these young cancer patients whose average age at diagnosis is six years old, subsequently resulting in the most years of life lost per person, compared to all adult cancers.³ Childhood/Adolescent cancers differ from adult cancers in many ways (refer to chart on page 6 of the 2013-2017 TN State Plan).
The Childhood Cancer Resource Committee developed five regional action teams comprised of representatives of over thirty childhood cancer organizations. Action teams set regional priorities and work together on statewide initiatives.
We unite to:
- raise awareness
- provide resources, and
- make our voices heard
Please contact Jennifer Louis (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Childhood Committee Chair, for more information.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
U.S. and TN Capitol Hill visits. Presentation of “Tennessee is Key to Ending Childhood Cancer’ to Members of Congress resulted in eight of nine United States representatives from Tennessee joining the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus.
Letters to Editor
A statewide calendar of events is included on this page.
ABC-123 Healthy Kids in Tennessee: Let’s Eat Well, Play, and Be Aware, Every Day– Awareness curriculum for preschool/childcare providers
Back to School workshops for school staff, medical providers, and families addressing the physical, neurocognitive, and psychologcial effects of childhood cancer treatments.
Online resource Guide for Tennessee Families (projected completion January 2017).
ACTION TEAM CHAIRS:
East (Knoxville) – John Stewart
Middle (Nashville) – Jennifer Louis
Northeast (Johnson City) – Megan Quinn
Southeast (Chattanooga) – Bryan Humphreys
West (Memphis) – Alicia Huettel
COMMITTEE MEMBERS REPRESENT THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:
Tennessee Hospitals by Region:
East: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Middle: Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital/Vanderbilt-Ingram Center
Northeast: Niswonger Children’s Hospital/St. Jude Affiliate
Southeast: Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
West: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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