August 26, 2022

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan tackle the tough issue of childhood cancer.

Every day, the parents of approximately 47 kids will hear the words “your child has cancer.

Cancer is diagnosed each year in about 400,000 children and adolescents ages 19 and under worldwide. Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, this disease remains the number one cause of death by disease past infancy for U.S. children.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 10,470 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6.

Most of the time, doctors don't know why kids get cancer. The things that cause cancer in kids are usually not the same ones that cause cancer in adults, such as smoking or exposure to environmental toxins. In most cases, childhood cancers come from random mutations (changes) in the genes of growing cells. Because these changes happen randomly and unpredictably, there is no effective way to prevent them.

Juggling for Jude
Juggling for Jude

We can always count on kids wanting to help those less fortunate and this is a story we brought you earlier that ties into this week’s topic…

16-Year-Old Raises Over $500,000 for Cancer Research by Juggling Soccer Balls

Hollis is 16 years old and the founder of Juggling for Jude where she raises a lot of money and awareness for cancer research using her talents juggling soccer balls. That’s not all she does, she also spends a lot of her time at appearances at special events and public speaking where she inspires a lot of other youth and adults to join in her cause.

Since 2013, through a combination of soccer juggling, appearances at special events, and public speaking, she has raised more than $585,000 with more than 3,500 different individuals donating to her cause in support of St. Jude's lifesaving mission.

Her current record is 7,157 juggles which she accomplished on July 30, 2021. It took 76 minutes, which is a pretty long time to be juggling, but thoughts of the kids at St. Jude kept her going.

As part of her journey, Hollis has also become an advocate for youth in philanthropy, speaking and writing about how young people can take a passion and turn it into a way to give back.