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Brandon Dominguez - May You Rest In Peace...

Another fallen childhood cancer hero is taken

I have watched Brady, Jesanti, Christian, and now ; 4 beautiful children who all fought the terror of pediatric cancer and in the end sacrificed their lives to beat this beast.  How many more brave wonderful children will it take before we wake up and start truly focusing on finding a cure for childhood cancer?  The facts are telling:

Each year around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US. One in every 330 Americans develops cancer before the age of twenty. On the average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States (around 46 per school day). One in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are current or former cancer patients. The incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years.

The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.

Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.

1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will die within 5-years 1 in 3 children diagnosed with cancer will not live-out a normal life-span (excess mortality). Some pediatric brain tumors, such as brain stem gliomas and pontine gliomas, are terminal upon diagnosis and no new protocols have been developed in 30 years. Many pediatric cancers, including neuroblastoma and disseminated medulloblastoma, are terminal upon progression or recurrence.

Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

Funding Disparities

Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only two drugs for any childhood cancer - 1/2 of all chemotherapies used for children’s cancers are over 25 years old. Research and development for new drugs from pharmaceutical companies comprises 60% of funding for adult cancer drugs and close to zero for childhood cancers. However, the NCI spends 96% of its budget on adult cancers and only 4% of its budget on children’s cancers.

I pray Brandon and all his fellow fallen childhood cancer warriors are finally resting in peace.  You brave soul you fought a tremendous battle and I promise you it will not be in vain.

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AM1968 June 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
RIP Brandon... You fought a tough battle and stayed strong throughout and you've inspired many kids along the way. May God watch over you in heaven and you will now be there to watch over your family & friends. God Bless u & your family during this difficult time...
Judy Walters June 04, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I'm thinking of the Dominguez family this morning.
madre June 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I am so so sorry to hear this sad news. Brandon will always be remembered for his courage and how he was able to bring out the best in people around him. The best in strangers, too. Let's honor his memory by continuing the fight in his name.
Donna June 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Dominguez Family, Our thoughts & prayers are with your family The Smethers Family
Barry Nathanson June 04, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I was so sorry to hear the news today, Micheal you and your wife continue your work for a very worthy cause. RIP in peace Brandon. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole Dominguez Family !
Rhonda Harpster June 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Our hearts go out to the Dominguez family. He was a true fighter and an inspiration to all. He will always hold a special place in jarrids heart and ours as well. The Harpster family
Liz Dwyer June 04, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting Brandon at Milazzo & Mattey last year when the South Brunswick wrestlers were dyeing their hair red in support of him. I remember thinking that Brandon had a smile that could light the room. My condolences to the Dominguez family
Lori Feldmus June 05, 2012 at 10:49 AM
My son would play with Brandon at school, and always enjoyed his company. He was a brave soul who will be missed by many, but his memory will always remain. Rest peacefully, sweet Brandon.
Sujata June 05, 2012 at 03:45 PM
We are so sorry to hear the news this morning. Brandon was so strong and an inspiration to so many kids. Our prayers are with you Dominguez family. Rest in peace Brandon.
Rocky June 08, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Although we didn't know the Dominguez family personally our hearts go out to them during this very difficult time. The Graham family

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