EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSeptember Proclaimed Childhood Cancer Month
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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 5, 2013 12:40 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 1:21 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
September is officially Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in West Virginia.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the proclamation Thursday morning outside of the state Capitol building in Charleston.
Dozens of children, who have been diagnosed with cancer, also were recognized by the governor. Some of them stepped up to the podium to share their stories of survival and words of encouragement for other children fighting the rare disease.
Event organizers say they hope the proclamation helps to get the word out about childhood cancer, which makes up 1 percent of all cancers.
"We are making sure that people are aware of what's going on, not just during treatment or not just after treatment but to continue to be educated on long-term effects because there are long-term effects from radiation and chemotherapy," said Brett Wilson, childhood cancer survivor and founder of Walking Miracles, a nonprofit organization.
Cancer affects more than 11,000 American children under the age of 15, according to the American Cancer Society.
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