HOW WE HELP The financial struggles that accompany a pediatric cancer diagnosis are tremendous
We Help Families with the Cost of Cancer
Pediatric patients typically receive treatment on a regular basis for three years, and one parent commits himself or herself to be available to the child at all times. Working parents begin to lose paid time at work, and even more money is lost if one parent has to quit a job or take an extended leave of absence. Families in these situations can find their income reduced by 35 to 50 percent.
In addition to the cost of treatment, families face many indirect costs related to a cancer diagnosis. These indirect costs include:
- Travel (gas and parking) to doctor visits, clinics, hospitals, and treatment appointments
- Lodging (a place for the child and parent/family to stay) during treatments far from home
- Meals during travel or clinic visits
- Special foods and nutritional supplements
- Special equipment or clothing
- Extra child care cost
Funds raised by JUST TRYAN IT offer financial assistance for these indirect costs so that families can focus on the most important fight — their child beating cancer. With the generosity, support, and commitment of our donors and sponsors, parents are made to feel that they are still able to provide for their children at a time when they feel particularly helpless.
We Foster Empathy in our Racers
Empathy is a skill that helps facilitate meaningful connection with others. It is at the very foundation of healthy emotional development.
As JUST TRYAN IT racers, children have the opportunity to serve others, inspire others, and gain insight into others struggles all while developing empathy. Our STARS program focuses on this aspect and strengthens awareness.
Charlie, pictured here, raced in our Baltimore race and wrote this letter to Cody’s parents:
Dear Cody’s parents,
I ran in Cody’s memory in the JUST TRYAN IT triathlon. I learned a little about Cody. He sounded very nice, kind, thoughtful, and so much more. I did not win the race because the chain fell off my bike. I waited for them to fix my bike and finished the race with a smile on my face. That is what Cody would of done.
Love, Charlie L.
PS: Thank you for letting me race in his memory. It made it so special.
Hospital School Program
When a child is hospitalized for lengthy period of time, one of their biggest concerns may be the fear of falling behind in school. Participating in school activities allows students to keep up with their studies, stay in touch with their peers and focus on something other than their hospitalization. School-related tasks are familiar for most children, and they serve to normalize and humanize an often intimidating, painful and foreign experience.
JUST TRYAN IT funds the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital School Program which provides a certified teacher to work with hospitalized children while they are in the hospital as part of the Child Life, Education and Arts Program.
Childhood Cancer Facts
- EVERY 36 MINUTES A CHILD IS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER IN THE U.S. That’s enough children to fill a classroom each day. (Hyundai Hope On Wheels)
- Among families who had lost a child to cancer, 84% of families in the United States experienced work disruptions, and nearly 20% of families reported losing more than 40% of their annual income as a result of these work disruptions. (Copyright © 2014 by American Society of Clinical Oncology Financial Burden of Pediatric Cancer for Patients and Their Families)
- For every dollar that ACS raised in 2010, only a single penny was spent on childhood cancer.
- Facilities that offer cancer follow-up care are typically located in urban areas. Thus rural patients may require longer travel distance to care and lodging outside the home, potentially contributing to greater financial burden. (Copyright © 2014 by American Society of Clinical Oncology Financial Burden of Pediatric Cancer for Patients and Their Families)
- Cancer patients face a higher risk of personal bankruptcy than individuals without cancer. (Copyright © 2014 by American Society of Clinical Oncology Financial Burden of Pediatric Cancer for Patients and Their Families)
- The average age of children diagnosed is six. (CureSearch For Children’s Cancer)
- More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.(CureSearch For Children’s Cancer)
- 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers. (CureSearch For Children’s Cancer)
- 3 in 5 kids with cancer may have long term side effects from cancer. Including secondary cancers, infertility & other issues. (Hyundai Hope On Wheels)
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. (American Cancer Society (Last Medical Review: 01/13/2015; Last Revised: 01/13/2015)