ABOUT BIG DIG
In 2021, an estimated 15,590 new cancer cases will be diagnosed among children aged 0 to 14 in the United States. Childhood cancer incidence rates have slowly decreased by 0.6% per year since 1975. An estimated 1,780 cancer deaths will occur among children in 2021. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death among children. 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20.
August 27th will be the fourth year for the American Cancer Society Construction Vs Cancer "The Big Dig" event in Utah. This is the second year that we will have the option to participate virtually. "Big Dig Kits" for families who register will be available for pick-up or delivery by August 25th. Kits will include a Home Depot build kit project, hard hat, and more! Families will then be encouraged to send in pictures of their progress and then ultimately the final product that they build for prizes at the end! Register to receive your kit on the Registration Details Page!
Funds raised before and during the online event will directly go to support pediatric cancer research. The American Cancer Society is currently funding over $800,000 in pediatric multiyear research grants at the University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital and more than $37 million in grants across the United States. The 2019 Construction VS Cancer event raised over $85,000 for pediatric cancer research.
The American Cancer Society is working to finish the fight against every cancer in every community. We are the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research in the United States, investing more than $4 billion since 1946. Thanks in part to our contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the US in the past two decades. Now, that is a reason to celebrate, so please join us. We hope to see you there!