September has been declared National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Southern Standard published an article Friday with a list of 18 Warren County children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer remains the No. 1 cause of disease-related death for children, but research shows about 80 percent of children who contract childhood cancer will survive.
President Barack Obama declared September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Gold has recently been designated the color for childhood cancer awareness.
Just as breast cancer is inexorably linked to the color pink, people are hoping gold will become linked to childhood cancer awareness.
At Friday night’s Homecoming game, the Warren County High School football mascot Pioneer Jake wore gold socks. Gold ribbons were painted on the football field.
Cheerleaders passed out gold balloons and Pioneerettes passed out gold ribbons to fans hoping to encourage awareness for the awful disease which has already claimed two Warren County children.
Vickie Clark knows what families endure when a child is diagnosed with cancer. Her daughter, Chelsea, has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Clark is helping to spearhead childhood cancer awareness in Warren County.
McMinnville Physical Therapy representative Carlene Brown said, “Chelsea is doing rehabilitation with us. We decided we would like to help families who have children with cancer. The families of these children spend a lot of time on the road. It is hard financially. We are a business open long hours and are convenient. We encourage anyone who wants to help to drop-off their donation with us. Maybe the families will have a little help during this time.”
Cards left at MPT will be divided between the families who are traveling out of town for doctor’s visits. A card or donation can be left for a specific child if the card is placed in an envelope with the child’s name written on the outside of the envelope.
McMinnville Physical Therapy is located at 2391 South Chancery Street.