GREENSBORO, N.C.-- The national non-profit "Make it Better" is hosting a shopping event that will benefit families with children diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer that usually affects young teens.
The event is called "Shopping 4 Hope," where part of profits from local and national businesses involved will help fund osteosarcoma research and education.
It's usually an in-person event but the pandemic forced the organization to pivot online.
“You’re already going to Christmas shop, it’s the season, so just doing something you would already do like shopping gives hope to so many children,” said Casey Crossan, a mom who lost her son to osteosarcoma two years ago. “Children who are in the hospital right now and the doctor’s saying, ‘I just don’t know what we can do.’”
Forty-six children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer every day, and 1,000 kids are diagnosed with osteosarcoma per year.
“The reality is childhood cancer does not get the funding that it needs. The treatments are old, they’re outdated, and most all of the drugs that we use were designed for adults, not kids,” said Crossan.
You can find the shopping for hope event online at mibagents.org.
The event runs through November 16.