The mayor of Rockville Centre issued a proclamation designating September as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” within the village.
“We hate to think that something like cancer can happen to children,” Mayor Francis X. Murray said. “It’s a cause near and dear to my heart. However, I am lucky to say my niece is a survivor. But all parents should be aware that early symptoms for cancer in children are usually nonspecific. It is important that children have regular medical checkups and that parents address any unusual symptoms that persist.”
Thousands are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year, and it remains the leading cause of death by disease for American children under 15, according to a press release from the village.
“For those children and their families, and in memory of every young person lost to cancer, we unite behind improved treatment, advanced research, and brighter futures for young people everywhere,” the release says.
The proclamation recognizes the courage and compassion of children and families affected by cancer in the Village of Rockville Centre and the nation. This month, residents are encouraged to extend support to young people fighting for that opportunity.