Spelunking: Going Gold
Alex is just like many four-year-olds. He loves playing with Legos, playing baseball, fishing with his “Papa” and is a huge fan of Captain America.
He is also one of the 10,000 children under the age of 15 expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children, and about 1,250 children are expected to die from cancer this year. But, because of treatment advances, more than 80% of children with cancer will survive five or more years. Two-thirds of those who survive will face at least one chronic health condition, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization.
The disease also has major financial impact- 11.9 percent of families will spend more than $10,000 annually to care for their child, and 83.5 percent of families will experience some level of financial hardship.
Every three minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer.
Alex was diagnosed with cancer on July 10. He was originally diagnosed with PNET, but was later determined to have Glioblastoma. Both are types of brain tumors.
Alex is close to our hearts at BAT. His aunt is in a relationship with Vern Hayes, one of our account managers.
“Little Alex has taken on quite the fight,” Vern said. “A fight that many of us as adults have never seen the sights of in our lifetime.”
Last month, BAT made a donation to Alex’s GoFundMe page, gofundme.com/alexstrong.
“Seeing the BAT Family step up and help has been pretty amazing. This is not surprising to me, because I know this is such an amazing place to work and the values speak for themselves.”