Thanks to medical advances close to 80% of American children diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, and a large number will probably go into long term remission or be cured.
But cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for kids. That's why some local students are ramping up the fight during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
A video put together by the Altoona Area School District's Mountain Lion TV tells part of the story.
"I'm Isaiah and I'm 12 years old and I'm a leukemia survivor."
"I had lung cancer and I'm six years cancer-free."
"Hi, my name is Alexis and I'm 6 years old and I am an all cancer survivor.
These children may be on the minds of their fellow students, working to raise awareness of childhood cancer. The students are making Go for the Gold spirit chains to go up Friday, September 20, at the Altoona Mountain Lions football game. against gateway.
The colors in the paper link chains represent the schools in the Altoona district, where they were made, but all sport gold ribbons, the symbol of childhood cancer.
Players from both teams, cheerleaders and band members will wear gold ribbon decals, at the game.
The effort's being spearheaded by Dawn Morden, who lost her son Brian to cancer, ten years ago. That's when her family established the Brian Morden Foundation. It helps support children with cancer and their families and also raises money for childhood cancer research.
"When you think about all the lives lost by children either dying or with complications it's mind-boggling," she says, " and I just think we need to get the word out as much as possible."
Students have been buying links for 25 cents or five for a dollar---that's how they raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Friday is Gold Ribbon Day so students and all area residents are urged to wear ribbons to show support in the fight against childhood cancer.