DPH Recognizes Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2015

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is proud to join leaders in government and health care in observing National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Earlier this month, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the observance in a ceremony in Atlanta. He was joined by Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance, comprised of fifteen organizations committed to the fight against pediatric cancer, Ashley McCann, childhood cancer advocate and wife of NY Yankees and Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, and Georgia State Senators Judson Hill and John Albers, longtime pediatric cancer advocates who co-authored Senate Resolution 492 in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Young cancer patients spoke at the ceremony, including 7-year-old Jessie Claire Churchwell, 8-year-old Mary Tipton Carter and her mother, Nicole Carter, and 18-year-old Sarah Barr, who was not able to attend in person, but sent a letter that was read by Senator Hill.

“The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children and survivorship issues, and to help raise funds for research and family support,” the resolution reads. “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 of age; and on any given school day, approximately 50 children will be diagnosed with cancer. The State of Georgia recognizes the devastating long-term effects of cancer on children and encourages childhood cancer awareness and education.”

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children from birth to age 15. Each year, more than 15,000 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is working to help encourage patients and get them through their difficult circumstances by going to their “happy place.”

CHOA brought the campaign to life by illustrating their patients “happy places” with an imaginative photo series, along with a video showing the children’s excitement seeing their happy place come to life.

The Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance hopes to be the driving force in increasing awareness of childhood cancer. Its goal is to enhance support for young people fighting this disease and the clinicians and researchers who are helping them. 

To find out more about the Stop Childhood Cancer Alliance and how to get involved through member organizations, please visit www.stopchildhoodcancer.org. Every person you educate, every hour you volunteer and every dollar you donate makes a difference. 

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