Kickstart National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by giving a Hand and Taking a Stand

Why a Handstand Challenge?

Because in one year 15,780 children will be diagnosed with cancer. 15,780 families’ lives will be turned upside down. 15,780 families will face the possibility of the unimaginable loss of a child. 15,780 children will have their childhood taken away from them. No time for handstands, no strength for handstands.

The handstand idea came from the Swifty Foundation’s founder, Mikey Gustafson. Prior to losing his life to childhood cancer, Mikey was a handstand champ. Handstands are a childish, fun thing to do. We want to prevent more children from losing their childhood by focusing attention on the lack of progress in treating childhood cancer. It is underfunded and under-resourced despite the fact that it is the number one disease-related cause of death in children.

Cancer turns our world upside down just like a handstand does and both require courage, strength, and perseverance. So please join us …

Give a Hand

Post about someone who exemplifies courage, compassion, or perseverance. Give them a shout out and nominate a handful of people to join in the challenge.

Take a Stand

Do a regular handstand or be as creative as you would like. Be sure to post online and nominate a handful of people to join in the challenge.

Social Media Templates & Resources

Go to your favorite social media channel and post a video of you doing a handstand or giving a hand. Make sure your post is marked as public so we can share to our page and recognize you!

Be sure to use hashtag

#Handstands4Cures

Try out our Facebook frames for your profile picture on your personal page.

If you would like to hold up a sign and dedicate your challenge to someone or something, click one of the signs above to download.

When you don’t know what to say …

Copy and paste the picture and paste into your social media channel.

Copy and paste the text below and paste into your social media channel.

I am taking the #handstand4cures challenge and I am challenging @Sarah, @John, and @Grace to take it on next! Join me to help stop cancer from stealing childhoods.

The Give a Hand, Take a Stand Challenge is in honor of September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. I’ve taken the challenge for the 15,780 children diagnosed with cancer each year. I challenge you to share this post and nominate a handful of people to partake in the Handstand Challenge! #Handstands4Cures

Cancer turns our world upside down just like a handstand does. They both require courage, strength, and perseverance. Help prevent more children from losing their childhood by focusing attention on the lack of progress in treating childhood cancer. Share this and nominate a handful of people to take the challenge with you! #Handstands4Cures

I am taking the #handstand4cures challenge and I am challenging @George, @Linda, and @Phoebe to take it on next! Join me to help stop cancer from stealing childhoods.

Give a HAND to people in your life who demonstrate courage, strength, or perseverance. Share this post and join the Give a Hand, Take a Stand Challenge. Let’s make a difference together, one hand at a time. #Handstands4Cures

I am taking the #handstand4cures challenge and I am challenging @Issac, @Raymond, and @Allison to take it on next! Join me to help stop cancer from stealing childhoods.

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Take the handstand challenge for Childhood Cancer Awareness month

Become a Social Media Influencer Today!

We are looking to build our awareness team. During September Awareness and periodically throughout the year, we send templates, graphics, calls to action for you to share on your social feeds. Join your voice with ours to help put an end to Childhood Cancer stealing away 15,780 childhoods each year.

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Cancer survival rates for adult and children are based on living five years from diagnosis. The average age of adult diagnosis is 65, average age of child’s diagnosis is 8 years. Why does living to 13 years old define surviving cancer?

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For every federal dollar available for cancer research, only four pennies is used to fund childhood cancer research.

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About 60% of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies, and for children these companies spend next to nothing.

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Prostate cancer (average age at diagnosis 66 years) receives more research funding from the National Cancer Institute than all childhood cancers combined.

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There are 70 potential life years lost on average when a child dies of cancer compared to 15 potential life years lost for adults dying of cancer.