September 1 marks beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Ottawa

_ (press release) _ OTTAWA – Mayor Jim Watson will read a proclamation on Sept. 1 to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in the nation’s capital and the beginning of a month-long awareness campaign.

The event at City Hall, hosted by Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs , launches Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Ottawa.

“We are grateful that a spotlight will shine on childhood cancer during the month of September,” Leanne Denison, the Candlelighters Program Coordinator said. “It is wonderful for our families to know that others in this community care about the challenges they face.”

The awareness month is part of the global Go Gold for Cancer Childhood Awareness Initiative that focuses on the lack of research funding for childhood cancer treatment. The gold represents how precious children are and symbolizes the strength they have as they undergo treatment.

Throughout September, Candlelighters will continue to honour young cancer patients and will work collaboratively to increase awareness. During the month of September alone, 125 children in Canada will be diagnosed with cancer.

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it propels families into a state of upheaval and uncertainty that affects each and every family member. Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs was established to support these families in their time of need, and in order to do so, an awareness campaign is critical.