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SHF ANNUAL GALA CAMP QUALITY U.P. KIDS KICKING CANCER

A U.P. Lions Serve Program

Working every day to fundraise for U.P. families battling childhood cancer.

Our mission is to serve children and families from the Upper Peninsula who are battling childhood cancer.
Our program assembles initiatives to help these families meet financial needs for travel, medical, and household bills.
We provide these families with other resources for getting care.
We share information and connect families to other nonprofits that may help, either in-person or remotely, such as:

  • Camp Quality provides families around the country with authentic childhood experiences and plans to expand by offering Camp Quality Upper Peninsula.
  • Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids provides hair and skin restoration services to our children in the U.P.
  • Kids Kicking Cancer provides martial arts and meditation/pain control classes to U.P. children and their siblings.

Lions Clubs International has adopted Childhood Cancer as an initiative on a global level. Each year, more than 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer across the world.* This means that a child is diagnosed with cancer every 2 minute.* The Lions have been exploring new ways in which Lions can help children with cancer in our own communities.
Michigan is ranked 5th in the nation for annual number of pediatric cancer diagnoses. 470 children are diagnosed in Michigan each year.** Our program has connected with 65 families in the U.P. The Upper Peninsula has the largest number of children per capita diagnosed with cancer in Michigan.** U.P. families face daunting challenges because they must travel out of our area for care. Many times, one parent is forced to take an extended leave of absence or leave a job to be with their child. Medical treatment can go on for many years, leaving kids with physical, emotional, and sensory deficits.

* Statistics from the World Health organization
** Statistics from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

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Meet our heroes

Rylan, a brave young boy with high-risk neuroblastoma holding his favorite stuffed teddy bear. Preslie, a super-strong 4-year-old undergoing treatment at Children's Hospital, in Milwaukee Wisconsin poses with a fist toward the sky like a superhero. Abram, a beautiful 1-year-old boy who passed away July 2, 2019 from a choriocarcinoma brain tumor.
Hand-drawn children's drawings of a baseball cap, a stuffed dog, and a playful puppy. Hand-drawn children's drawings of a superhero mask, a superhero cape, and an invisible hero flying with a cape and gloves on. Hand-drawn children's drawings of a pair of hearts (one big, one small), and a poem in handwritten type written by Abram's mother after his passing.

RYLAN

Rylan, an Upper Peninsula 5-year-old who is being treated for high-risk neuroblastoma, is one of the children the Lions have helped.

His father is very grateful for the assistance as Rylan receives treatment at the University of Michigan hospitals in Ann Arbor, including surgery, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants, and more. This treatment requires lengthy hospitalizations, keeping Rylan and his mom away from his father and siblings for months.

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Our statistics

Line graph indicating a rise in families battling childhood cancer within our cause. At the start of our program, we had 3. Now there are 65 families. Infographic depicting 11,000, the approximate number of children in the United States diagnosed with pediatric cancer in 2020. Pie chart displaying the percentage of pediatric cancer patients who reach full recovery. As of 2020, 84 percent of kids diagnosed with cancer fully recover. Infographic displaying over 3,000 US dollars being allocated to UP children with cancer for food, travel, medical expenses, and care camps. Infographic distributing U.P. families discovered battling childhood cancer by county.

Since our project began, we have seen a rise in the number of families living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan seeking help with a child battling cancer.

As of December 2021, that number has increased by more than twenty-fold!

Data acquired from the American Cancer Society & “UP Lions Clubs reaching out for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” article written by Ann Wood for The Daily Mining Gazette on September 8th, 2020.

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