September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and, though the cause of most cases remains unknown, a community of support from others on the same scary road has proven to be a powerful force for three Nebraska families who shared their experiences with us.

  • Lolo was given a 10% chance of survival after being diagnosed with Acute Myelocytic Leukemia for the second time. She is now five years in remission and studying at Creighton University to become a pediatric oncology nurse! Read more of her story.
  • Caysen was not yet 3 years old when he was diagnosed. He has since helped welcome two new siblings to the family, entered the maintenance part of his journey and started kindergarten. Check out his story.
  • Keely was diagnosed with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia less than a year ago and, after countless trips back and forth to Omaha for care, is on track to finish treatment by the end of 2022. Watch more of her story.

Earlier this year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) teamed up with the Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA) to donate $5,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Action Network (PCAN). PCAN will use these funds to further its mission to reduce the financial burden families face when battling pediatric cancer and to advocate for a cure through awareness, education and action.

“Every four days, another Nebraska child will be diagnosed with cancer,” Karri Ahlschwede, PCAN president, said. “That averages to approximately 87 new families that will need our support each year. We can only fulfill our mission with the support of the community and donors like BCBSNE and NCSA. Thank you for lending a hand to your neighbors in need through PCAN.”

Although today marks the last day of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll continue to be here for Lolo, Caysen, Keely and all of the families who face pediatric cancer, wherever they are in the journey. Thank you for letting us be part of your story.