Procrastinator's Challenge: Give Those Resolutions a Second Chance
You started the New Year hitting the gym, running through the neighborhood, taking a bootcamp class three times a week. And then life got busy. Now, your New Year’s resolutions are busted. Who says you can’t have a do-over? Beginning March 1, join Chase After a Cure for the Procrastinators Challenge and give your resolutions a second chance.
Get your resolutions back on track and get fit – all while raising money for a great cause. The Procrastinators Challenge runs March, April and May and is open to any individual, in any location.
Pick March, April or May or the entire three months.
Pick a number of workouts you want to achieve in that time frame.
Set a fundraising goal. We strongly encourage at least $500 minimum.
Set up your personal/team fundraising page.
Share, share, share! Share your challenge on social media, with relatives, neighbors, classmates, teachers, professors, co-workers, and more.
Prizes will be given each month to the team/individual who raises the most funds. Prizes will also be provided each month for those who work out/track and share the most. A grand prize will be awarded to the team/individual who does the best overall.
Share workout selfies on your fundraising page as well as on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to use the hashtag #CAACFitness.
Post a video to your page sharing your progress, update, etc.
Keep on sharing! Your support means a great deal to Chase After a Cure and funds raised will benefit the only childhood cancer research lab in the state of South Carolina.
BONUS IDEA: Why not end each month of your challenge with 43 burpees as a way to recognize the 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day. (Check out this video in case you need a refresher on how to do a burpee.) Set up your phone and do a Facebook Live video of your burpees. It's a great way to promote your personal fitness challenge while raising awareness about the number of children diagnosed each day with cancer.
The incidence of childhood cancer is on the rise, averaging a 0.6% increase per year since the mid-1970s resulting in an overall increase of 24% over the last 40 years.
1 in 285 children was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
43 children per day or 15,780 children per year are expected to be diagnosed in with cancer (10,450 ages 0 to 14, and 5,330 ages 15 to 19).
Childhood cancer is not one disease – there are more than 12 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes.
Treatment, Research, Funding
Since 1980, only three drugs have been approved by the FDA.
The average cost of a hospital stay for a child with cancer is $40,000.
On average, pediatric hospitalizations for cancer cost almost five times as much as hospitalizations for other pediatric conditions.
Long-Term Health Effects Associated with Treatments & Survival
More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 years of age.
Cancer is the No. 1 cause of death by disease among children.
About 35% of children diagnosed with cancer will die within 30 years of diagnosis.
On average, about 17% of children die within five years of diagnosis. Among those children who survive to five years from diagnosis, 18% will die within 30 years of diagnosis.
Those who survive the five years have an eight times greater mortality rate due to the increased risk of liver and heart disease and increased risk for reoccurrence of the original cancer or of a secondary cancer.
There are 70 potential life years lost on average when a child dies of cancer compared to 15 potential life years lost for adults.
The average five-year survival rate not including children with ALL is 80%.
There are nearly 390,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States. This number is projected to grow to more than 500,000 by 2020.
About Chase After a Cure
Chase After a Cure was started in 2009 by Summerville, S.C., resident Whitney Ringler and her family after her son, Chase, was given a 30 percent chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Chase survived this aggressive form of cancer. Chase After a Cure is dedicated to funding research and raising awareness for alternative and more effective treatments for children with cancer with a specific focus on hard-to-treat cancers such as neuroblastoma. For more information, visit www.chaseafteracure.com.