Raising Awareness For Childhood Cancers

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Thursday, there was an emotional a flag raising at Oshawa City Hall to mark the occasion.   Joe Scarpelli has more.

Melissa “What started off looking like pneumonia became the worst words you could even hear which is ‘your child has cancer.”

Melissa Wendt’s daughter, Amber, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her lungs in November of 2013.  After nine months of treatment, Amber is now two years in remission.

Melissa “Before this type of thing affected our family I can’t say that we knew very much that children were being affected by cancer.”

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  On Thursday Melissa was joined by Oshawa mayor John Henry, members of council, friends and family as a flag was raised at city hall.

Melissa “Gold one is our colour.  We need to make it as prevalent as pink is for breast cancer in October.”

Joining Melissa was her friend Janette.  Janette lost her daughter Gillian to a rare muscular cancer.  Gillian passed away when she was eight years old.  Since then Janette started a research fund called the Gillie Bean Fund.

Janette “Treatment options for pediatric cancer are not good enough in my opinion.  In the last thirty years there’s only really been two new drugs that have been approved for childhood cancer and we have to do better.”

Of all money raised for cancer, just 3 – 4% of the funds go towards childhood cancer, something these mothers would like to see change in the future.

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