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Posted on: September 13, 2017

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Proclamation - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

WHEREAS, children are our greatest treasures, and their health and well-being is a priority; among the most distressing health concerns today is the high incidence of childhood cancer, which claims too many precious and promising young lives; and
WHEREAS, childhood cancer spares no one, affecting kids from every background; and
WHEREAS, cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and pediatric AIDS combined; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer ever year; although rare, pediatric cancer is the leading disease related cause of death among children.
WHEREAS, the causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown, research has led to more successful forms of treatment and improvements in the quality of life for children coping with cancer and its side effects; and a larger number of long-term survivors now look forward to longer life expectancies, but unfortunately, many still face challenges or complications due to cancer; and
WHEREAS, the toll that cancer takes on a child and family is unimaginable, and usually causes delayed development in a young patient's life, education and growth, while parents cope with high costs, stress and other difficulties associated with caring for their ill child and entire family, often having to travel to relocate to obtain appropriate treatment; and
WHEREAS, throughout this month, we take the opportunity to thank the many dedicated healthcare professionals, organizations and parent advocacy groups that support childhood cancer patients and families by offering advice, encouragement, hope, and financial assistance, and that work tirelessly to lift the spirits of children suffering from cancer;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Atchison County Commissioners, Atchison, Kansas, do hereby proclaim September 2017 as CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
Given under our hand and the Official Seal of the County of Atchison in the State of Kansas, this 12th day of September in the year 2017.
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