September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to spotlight types of cancer that children are largely affected by, issues of survivorship and more importantly raise awareness and funds for research and family support. According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, approximately 15,780 children under 21 years old are diagnosed with cancer every year, of which a quarter will not survive the disease. Only two drugs have been developed in the last 20 years to help children with cancer. 24 Foundation is committed to giving back to the cancer community locally and nationally to ensure that no one has to fight this disease alone. Read below to learn about our neighbor, Joshua and his courageous cancer journey.
On April 9, 2015, a day before his eighth birthday, Joshua Bronson was diagnosed with stage 3 glioma brain cancer. The cancer has affected an area where his spinal cord and brain stem meet. Joshua’s cancer is rare in that there are only three other pediatric cases of this type of cancer, of which all are international cases where there have not been much advances with diagnosis or treatment. On his birthday on April 10, 2015, Joshua was admitted to the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte for brain surgery.