Celebrating Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Sept.
Last week, we joined more than 20 other non-profit organizations that support families facing childhood cancer for Proclamation Day at the GA State Capitol building! Once again, Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and showed his support for the little warriors facing pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of kids in America.
Senator Judson Hill, who was essential in passing Georgia’s inaugural Childhood Cancer Awareness Month declaration in 2006, spoke at the event.
“We passed our first state declaration for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September of 2006, and while there have been great advancements in research and treatments over the last ten years, we still have miles to go,” said Senator Hill. “We come together, as representatives in the legislature, alongside these dedicated advocacy groups, as one voice for one cause, with a shared goal of defeating this horrible disease.”
Every year, not even 4% of the National Institute of Health’s budget for cancer research goes toward studying pediatric cancer, yet every day, 7 children will die from this disease and 46 more will be diagnosed with it. For the families staying at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, childhood cancer is the second most common diagnosis.
However, positive actions, like the gathering of these organizations and families a just few days ago, are causing positive change. With the official proclamation that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month in the state of Georgia, we hope awareness will continue to increase.
We are proud to be a voice and a support for families fighting childhood cancer!