Welcome to the Red Shamrock Foundation
Thanks to the early detection and increasingly effective treatment, more people than ever before are surviving cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, in 2008 there were nearly 12 million cancer survivors in the United States; up from 9.8 million in 2001, and 3 million in 1971. Still, getting through a cancer diagnosis and treatment is not the end of the fight. There are a whole host of late effects and secondary issues that can result from battling cancer.
My son was diagnosed with neuroblastoma shortly before his third birthday, and has now been cancer free for over 3 years. However, due in part to the invasive and intensive cancer protocol he went through, he, like most childhood cancer survivors, will face a lifetime need for highly specialized health care. A recent study from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found that 98% of childhood cancer survivors had at least 1 chronic health condition, such as new cancers, heart problems, lung problems, or memory or other neurocognitive problems. It is for this reason that I started the Red Shamrock Foundation in 2011.
Our primary goal with the Red Shamrock Foundation is to raise awareness for what childhood cancer survivors face after cancer treatment; to show that they continue to need highly specialized care. Along with that, we hope to support survivorship programs and clinics throughout Iowa, as well as help fund research that addresses the late effects of childhood cancer survivorship.
Founder, Red Shamrock Foundation