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STEPS - Lions for Pediatric Cancer

In October 2015 at the Regional Lions Leadership Institute, 14 leaders from all over Ohio were tasked with the responsibility of creating a Centennial Legacy Project, to be held in 2017 as part of the 100 years of service celebration.  Out of the scores of ideas that were generated, the team chose pediatric cancer research as the most important issue. A series of walks across the state of Ohio in each of the seven districts, to be held in or as close to September (National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month) as possible, was decided as the best manner in which to raise both money and awareness.   The committee voted to allocate all profits and proceeds from the events to Children’s Hospitals oncology research departments supported by the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Association (OCHA).

Council of Governors adopt STEPS

In May 2016, the committee presented the project to the Ohio Council of Governors, who voted unanimously to adopt the STEPS program as the 2017 Centennial Legacy Project. 

Lions Clubs International (LCI) Announced...

In early 2017, Lions Clubs International (LCI) announced, independently and without knowledge of this project, that pediatric cancer awareness and research had become a priority issue for Lions across the world. 
Childrens Hospitals Akron Children’s Hospital Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Cleveland Rainbow Babies Dayton Children’s Hospital  Nationwide Children’s Hospital Toledo Children’s Hospital
STEPS To register or donate to this great cause. Please Click the button below. If you are unable to participate in a run please register as a virtual It will take to you the STEPS Website. 
Goal of tripling our humanitarian impact by serving 200 million people per year by 2021
Childhood Cancer Facts Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S. One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old. Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment. Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group; socioeconomic class; or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years. Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.