HAZARD — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Surprisingly, childhood cancers receive very little recognition in terms of awareness efforts and donations to find a cure. A few Perry County Citizens are doing their part to change this statistic.
At the Sept. 13 Perry County Fiscal Court Meeting, Ashley Teague approached the court, along with family members of two recent Perry County childhood cancer survivors, Gunnar Hurt and Isabella Brashear, to have a proclamation signed, which declares September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Perry County. The court members voted unanimously to approve the proclamation.
Gold is the official color of childhood cancer awareness. Advocates of the cause encourage people to dress and decorate in the color gold during September to promote further awareness for this much worthy cause.
During the month of September, 25 thousand families around the world will receive the terrible news that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. Out of those 25 thousand families, nearly 7 thousand will lose a child to the disease. More children are being diagnosed with cancer today than ever before.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.