September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The Bob Rohrman Auto Group has donated over $160,000 to local organizations doing outstanding work in Chicagoland, Lafayette, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne.

Each year, for the past three years, Bob Rohrman Subaru has donated $50 for every new vehicle sold throughout the month of September to a local charity that helps kids and their families fight childhood cancer. This year, we are overjoyed to announce our partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Every new vehicle sold will be $50 closer to granting Mikayla's wish to take she and her family on a Disney World vacation!

Mikayla is currently in treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She continues to smile and enjoy her family during this time and is thrilled to have a wish come true.

Mikayla is a happy, fun, 16-year-old from Lafayette. She attends McCutcheon High School and was active on the Track Team prior to her diagnosis. Outside of school, she loves working with kids and was active in her local youth group! Mikayla wants to attend Purdue University to become a doctor!

Thank you for your help in making Mikayla's wish come true!

Here are some simple facts about childhood cancer you may want to know: 

1.  Each day, 42 families in the U.S. will receive the devastating news that their child has cancer. There are almost 700 new cases of childhood cancer diagnosed daily world wide

700 cases daily around the world is equivalent to an entire elementary school of children being diagnosed with childhood cancer daily.

2. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the USA.

Every day, 250 children around the world die from childhood cancer. That's 91,250 children who lose their lives to cancer each year.

3. Childhood cancer is not one disease, but several.

Cancer in children can begin virtually anywhere in the body and therefor childhood cancer is made up of many different types and countless subtypes.

4. Childhood cancer treatment is no longer just chemotherapy and radiation.

Cancer treatments are always changing and becoming more targeted. Precise therapies that attack the genetic components and drivers of cancer are offering more hope than ever before. 

5. Families often have to travel for cancer treatment.

Some treatments bring a financial and psychological burden on families who have to juggle cancer treatments, the financial cost of flights, hotels and gas, lost days at work, separation from family, lack of a support systems and so much more.

6. Data and collaboration will lead to cures.

Bringing together the innovative minds of childhood cancer researchers is accelerating the path to better treatments and cures for kids fighting cancer. 

7. A cure is not enough.

Advancements in treatment have increased survival rates. However, the treatments can also lead to chronic health conditions and cognitive impairment later in life.

8. There is hope.

While childhood cancer is consistently underfunded at the government level, support of research projects for all types of childhood cancer is bringing the world closer to cures than ever before.

9. Children are like gold!

Ever wonder why the Childhood Cancer Awareness ribbon is gold? In 1997, a group of parents picked gold as the official color because it symbolizes how precious children are and their resiliency.