Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2023 – Why Your Support is Vital

Each September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month gives us all an opportunity to focus on supporting a group who greatly needs our help: young people who have been diagnosed with cancer. This year marks the second year in a row that DCG Giving redoubles our efforts toward our mission and recognizes the incredible, lifesaving work done by our partner organizations in the Children’s Oncology Group. Moreover, we are honored to be able to make a significant contribution to the Hope & Heroes Research Initiative at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in celebration of the legacy of the late Michael Rendine, the former co-owner of Crystal Toyota-Mazda of New Jersey and a beloved figure in the automotive industry.

Curing and preventing pediatric cancer is a critically important goal year-round, but during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, your donation is especially powerful in unison with the generosity and work of many others around the United States.

The State of Childhood Cancer Research

Although the work of finding cures for all forms of pediatric cancer is far from over, a great deal of progress has recently been made. Today, many common childhood cancers have very high five-year survival rates, including 90% or higher for some types of leukemia and Wilms’ tumor, a cancer of the kidneys. Meanwhile, ongoing clinical trials are helping to allow next-generation treatments such as molecularly targeted therapy and immunotherapy to be used for more and more young people with cancer.

DCG Giving Throughout the Year

All throughout 2023, DCG Giving has been raising awareness and allocating funds for the fight against pediatric cancers, with a special focus on research that will deliver the next generation of more effective treatments with fewer side effects. In February, our Heavyweight Dinner at NADA in Dallas was a tremendous success, allowing us to raise over $250,000 for the cause and focusing the automotive industry’s attention on the great need for more childhood cancer research funding.

This month, DCG Giving has made one of its largest single donations to date, with our $50,000 contribution to the Hope & Heroes Research Initiative at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Seven hospitals across the tri-state area will benefit from this donation, which will support all facets of fighting pediatric cancer: Patient care, clinical trials, and new ideas in research. This contribution is in honor of Michael Rendine, a friend to many in the auto industry whose recent passing deeply affected us all.

Donate to DCG Giving – Support Pediatric Cancer Research and Support in Your Local Area

This Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, your contribution to DCG Giving will have a great impact on the lives of children and teenagers with cancer and their families in communities big and small across the US. Donate today – 100% of your gift goes directly to the local pediatric cancer institutions of the COG, whose work on clinical care, research, and social and emotional support helps kids and their families every day.