The Sam Day Foundation reflects the spirit of Sam Day by choosing to Dream Big, Laugh Often, and Live Well.
Sam taught us to dream big and to be crazy enough to pursue our dreams.
Cancer is brutal. Life is hard. That is our reality. Laughter is essential for the human spirit to survive the brutality of pediatric cancer.
Above all, kids need to Live Well.
An orphan disease is a disease affecting less than 200,000 people in the US at any one time. Osteosarcoma is the most common type of sarcoma cancer, affecting 800 young people every year.
Leukemia, the most common type of pediatric cancer, has a 90% cure rate. But orphan cancers like Ewing Sarcoma, have not seen changes in treatments in over 30 years.
Orphan cancers get very little funding from pharmaceutical companies to fund research for better treatments. Yet 276 young people die every day from cancer.
Because orphan cancers affect less than 200,000 people per year, large drug companies don’t find financial incentive to invest in new drug exploration for pediatric cancers. Funding needs to come from private donations like ours.