Money raised by A Million Books for HOPE will fund promising research and potential cures for pediatric cancer. With safer and more effective treatments, children diagnosed with cancer will live longer, healthier lives.

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A Million Books for HOPE is a summer read-a-thon led by Hope Veazey and her sisters Joy and Peace. Hope is an 8-year-old girl from Northern Virginia with Leukemia. The goal of the read-a-thon is to have children raise money through donations or sponsorships for pediatric cancer research by reading over the summer, with an initial goal of one million books.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. In fact, cancer kills 7 children every day in the United States. (Source: National Cancer Institute). Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents 18 and under are diagnosed with cancer. That’s more than a classroom of kids a day. (Sources: Center for Disease Control and Children’s Oncology Group). In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs that were initially studied in children. Developing drugs to treat children with cancer is not profitable so the pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to invest the resources needed to bring new drugs to market.

A Million Books for HOPE is unique in that it provides children with an opportunity to directly impact the lives of other children who have cancer or who will be diagnosed with cancer in the future. By raising money for each book read, children will have a direct impact, with 100% of the proceeds funding childhood cancer research through The Truth 365.