September 09, 2016 05:14 PM
On Friday evening, NBC and NewsChannel 13 are joining all the other networks to "Stand Up to Cancer."
The annual fundraising event hosted by stars from Broadway, Hollywood and the music industry is welcomed by local families whose children have borne the brunt of dealing with this disease.
"You know, we don't know why children get cancer," admitted Janine Cammarata.
She’s been searching for an answer since her oldest son, Nick, succumbed to cancer eight years ago. She's also been standing up to cancer so children like Renee Sayles’ 5-year-old daughter Abby, and Meredith Dowen's 5-year-old, Regan, can win their fight against the disease.
"Give more money. At the moment only four percent, less than four percent of federal funding for cancer research goes to children's cancer," noted Dowen.
"There needs to be more research and more funding for the research so we shouldn't have to do lemonade stands," urged Sayles.
Increased funding, these women hope, will lead to better treatments, more tailored to a child's developing body.
"The protocols for chemo therapy now have been in place since the late '70's," noted Dowen.
More kids are surviving cancer, but Sayles points out it’s thanks to better treatment for the infections these children often develop while undergoing chemo.
These women, supporting each other, are part of a sorority they never wanted to join and hope others don't have to. So they're asking you to "Stand Up To Cancer."
"Take some action and give money to research. Lend a helping hand. Just send a note to someone who's battling cancer," advised Cammarata. "The smallest thing you can do makes a huge difference."
"Stand Up to Cancer" airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 9 on NewsChannel 13.