Childhood cancer awareness week takes over social media

Nadia Ansari, Staff Reporter

If you’ve been on Instagram , Twitter , or Snapchat recently, you probably will recognize this caption: “I intend to populate social media  with children’s characters for Child Cancer Awareness week . Give Me a like (or comment) and i’ll assign you a character.”

Child cancer awareness week takes place every single year. Each day of the week, people on Instagram post about child characters (Disney, animated, etc.) to bring up the issue of child cancer and what we as future adults need to do to prevent this from happening to our children .  But what exactly is the “main issue” with childhood cancer ?

For starters, if you are unfamiliar to this trend, you probably have some questions:

What exactly is the point of assigning someone a character on Instagram ?

Is making somebody else post a picture of  Olaf the snowman, Yoshi, or Princess Moana really going to change or make a difference on fixing childhood cancer?

There needs to be a donation process, and a whole week where healthcare professionals can educate everyone on social media about new discoveries to cure childhood cancer, what the main problems are with curing childhood cancer, and other important facts to actually get the American public to understand how serious of a problem childhood cancer is.

As much as the effort to support childhood cancer on social media is good, where is the benefit for the healthcare professionals who desperately need the money to solve more problems involving childhood cancer? What if social media is able to give cash to the scientist’s and doctors working around the clock to discover cures that are more affordable than the ones offered today?Thus ,Child Cancer Awareness week should be seen as a way for everyone to do more research on what doctors and patients need in order to become healthy again.