National Bravehearts Day

National Bravehearts Day is a holiday observed annually on April 28th that honors the bravery, resolve, and strength of everyone affected by pediatric cancer. This day is to honor not only the children fighting this disease but also the parents, loved ones, and everyone else who cares for them.

It’s also a day when people can raise awareness about pediatric cancers. Another way for people to observe this holiday is by donating to BraveHearts For Kids or other organizations that help children battling cancer and their families.

The History of National Bravehearts Day

National Bravehearts Day was created in 2015 by BraveHearts For Kids. This organization was founded in 2008 by Jeremy and Amy Jacobs after their daughter Ava was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumor when she was just over a year old. The organization provides resources, guidance, and information to families dealing with a pediatric cancer crisis.

Facts About Pediatric Cancer

Below are some facts we’ve uncovered about childhood cancers:

  • About 1 in 285 children will develop cancer before they reach the age of 20.
  • Approximately 47 children per day are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.
  • More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a serious health-related issue by the time they’re 50 years old.
  • The average cost of pediatric cancer treatment in 2019 was over $834,000.
  • The average 5-year survival rate for pediatric cancers is approximately 84%.
  • Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children.

Observing National Bravehearts Day

People can observe this holiday by supporting families with a child dealing with cancer, by supporting organizations such as BraveHearts for Kids, and by raising awareness about this holiday and pediatric cancers using the hashtag #NationalBraveHeartsDay on their social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 28 Sunday
Next year (2025)
April 28 Monday
Last year (2023)
April 28 Friday
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