Reading for a Cure for Childhood Cancer


January 1 – December 31, 2010

Did you know that:

  • The risk of any single individual developing cancer by age 20 is approximately one in 330
  • In the United States, approximately 10,500 children under age 15 and 3,700 adolescents ages 15-19 are newly diagnosed with cancer each year.  That is roughly the equivalent of two average size classrooms (35-46 kids) diagnosed each school day.
  • For children between 1-19 yrs, cancer is the fourth leading cause of death overall, and the leading cause of disease related death. It remains responsible for more deaths from ages 1-19 than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
  • Leukemia, tumors of the brain and nervous system, the lymphatic system, kidneys, bones and muscles are the most common childhood cancers.
  • For every six research dollars per patient with AIDS and every one research dollar per patient with breast cancer, a child with cancer receives 30 cents.

**This information was taken from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s websiteread more facts about childhood cancer here.

My heart has been touched specifically by two children whose progress I have been following: Andrew and Kate. I’ve spent several months learning more about childhood cancer and the work towards a cure. What I have learned has made me want to do something significant to help. I was inspired by what Natasha at Maw Books did last year in her effort to raise awareness and money for the crisis in Darfur. I was amazed at the impact that one month of focused effort and a call out to the community of book bloggers could do for a cause. And so it was with this in mind that I began to formulate a project to help not only raise awareness, but to raise funds to end childhood cancer.

For anyone who has done research on non-profit organizations that reach out to families and children facing cancer, you will not be surprised at the vast network of people hoping to see an end to this disease.  I spent a lot of hours reading websites and learning more about the organizations who have been successful at making inroads towards a cure. My research ultimately drew me to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Let me tell you a little about them:

Read more about PCF and their work at their website.

The Challenge

Reading for a Cure is all about raising money and awareness to find a cure for childhood cancer. It is about making a commitment over the course of one year to make a difference in the lives of children. I am asking the book blogging community to show how much we care for children by committing to this cause. The level of commitment is up to you. Here is how it works…

Choose a Level of Participation:

  1. One Month – Pick any month in 2010 and push yourself to read as many books or pages as you can with a commitment to donate a certain dollar amount per page or book or review. Consider asking friends or family to sponsor you or match your donation.
  2. Three Consecutive Months from January 1st – March 31st. Focus your efforts in three months of reading. Consider teaming up with another reader and “match” each other.
  3. Six Consecutive Months from January 1st to June 30th. Use these six months to focus on the cause to raise money to end childhood cancer.
  4. Be a superstar. Commit to a full 12 months of reading for a cure, setting a dollar amount to donate for all the books or pages you read in 2010. Or perhaps you want to donate per review you post, or reading challenge you complete. The choice of HOW to donate is completely up to you.

***PLEASE NOTE: You can sign up at ANY time for this challenge and if you come to the challenge “late” but want to include books you’ve read before you join (retroactively) that is fine too…ALSO, you may change your mind about the level of participation at any time.

How Do Donations Work?

  • I have set up a way for you to donate at PCF’s donation site specifically for this challenge – it is called “Reading for a Cure” and can be found if you scroll down the donation page. IF you are reading for this challenge, PLEASE be sure to indicate that is the event you are donating through…this way I can give everyone a total of our efforts at the end of the year. I will only be getting a total from PCF, not a break-down of who donated what amount.
  • IF you feel strongly about donating to another worthy charitable organization which is fighting for a cure for childhood cancer or is focused on helping children with cancer, I will certainly not discourage you from donating to them rather than PCF. However, if you choose to donate to an organization other than PCF I would ask that you either email me privately or leave me a comment at the time of your donation to let me know the amount you donated and to whom you donated. I am not keeping score (whatever you give is wonderful), but I would like to include your donation in the end of the year tally. I want to do an end of the year wrap up post to show how much money this event raised towards ending childhood cancer … and I want to include EVERYONE who participated!
  • It is up to you how you want to donate. You can choose a dollar amount per book you read, number of pages you read, number of reviews you write, etc…You do not have to wait until the end of the year to donate…you can donate at any time. For example, I am going to donate quarterly rather than making one big donation at the end of the year.
  • ANY amount is fine. There is no minimum or maximum. Do what feels right to you.

Other Guidelines:

  • You do NOT have to have a blog to join the challenge. ANYONE can join at any time.
  • Use Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post to sign up. Please link directly to your post about the event. IF you do not have a blog, simply leave me a comment with your commitment. **UPDATED TO ADD: I am adding a list of names of the non-bloggers who are participating just above Mr. Linky.
  • I am creating a page on my blog – the tag is READING FOR A CURE and can be found on the top of my home page. This page will contain periodic updates, links to posts on my blog about the challenge, etc…
  • Feel free to use the graphic on the top of this page. To copy to your computer, right click on the image and select “save as.” Then you can upload the graphic to your blog.
  • UPDATE February 19, 2010: SIGN UP, sponsor a participant, OR make a one time donation to PCF in March and you will be entered to win books in my giant MARCH GIVEAWAY! Go to this post to learn more.

Other Stuff You May Want to Know:

  • I am in the process of planning some events, giveaways, etc…for those people participating in this challenge. I had intended to run a “kick off” event…but due to personal reasons, I will be  traveling  back East in January…and I don’t think I can pull off the kind of event I wanted to do.  SO, instead, I am going to do something really big in March as a celebration of the first quarter of our challenge to raise money and awareness for a cure for childhood cancer. I’ll be posting more as we get closer to March.
  • I have NO affiliation with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. I choose them solely on information I have learned about them and my belief that they are a reputable and professional organization dedicated to helping children. I also like the idea that they are a grass-roots, non-profit organization.

THANK YOU in advance for helping to find a cure for childhood cancer! Make your reading count in 2010!

Non Blogger Participants (since their names will not appear on Mr. Linky):

  1. Verbatim
  2. Christine
  3. Avalonne


  1. Sari (sponsoring Caribousmom)
  2. Barbara (sponsoring Caribousmom)
  3. Jaydek (sponsoring Coconut Library)

Those Making A One Time Donation to PCF:

  1. Laura at Musings
  2. Beachreader
  3. Kay at My Random Acts of Reading
  4. Paula

Blogger Participants (sign up below on Mr. Linky):