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Annie Kessler
The National Children’s Cancer Society

An Unexpected Situation Made 1000 Times Worse

An Unexpected Situation Made 1000 Times Worse

NCCS families struggle with the added burden of the pandemic

We know the pandemic has created even more stress four our families.  In a recent survey by the NCCS, we found that:

  • 85% of our families report they have lost their jobs or have had a reduction in hours (75% of our families report earning less than $50,000 a year)
  • 25% of families have experienced a delay in treatment or follow-up care which was decided by the treating facility
  • 20% of families have asked for treatment or follow-up care to be delayed due to COVID-19 related concerns
  • Nearly 56% report being concerned about how they will afford the expenses associated with their child’s treatment
  • 91% report feelings of anxiety due to COVID-19 and the majority reported experiencing excessive worry
  •  83% report depressive feelings due to COVID-19 with the majority experiencing sleep disturbance and lack of energy

As one parent commented in the survey, “To put it simply, it has made an already unexpected and traumatizing situation 1,000 times worse.”

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About the National Children’s Cancer Society

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is a not-for-profit organization providing support to families making their way through the daunting world of childhood cancer and survivorship. With over 30 years of experience serving more than 46,000 children, the NCCS is able to take a “no matter what” approach to help families stay strong, stay positive and stay together. The NCCS has been recognized as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and earned a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information, call 314-241-1600, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.