Broward Commissioner Martin David Kiar presents proclamation designating September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Broward County.
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla - It is estimated that more than 10,000 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year. The most common forms of childhood cancer are leukemia, brain cancer, and cancer of the central nervous system. Cancer is a leading cause of death for children under the age of fifteen.
To bring attention to these statistics and to the care givers and support groups who assist children and families confronted with this disease, the Broward County Commission has proclaimed September as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in Broward County.
Commissioner Martin David Kiar presented a proclamation to Ray Slapikas from the Kids of Love Foundation. Kids of Love began as a club and evolved into a group of elementary school children who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer in Broward County.
“Everyone knows what pink is, but we want people to wear gold ribbons to bring attention to children with cancer. Please wear a gold ribbon. Kids of Love won a presidential award last year and they’re a great group of children,” said Mr. Slapikas.
During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, people are encouraged to wear a gold ribbon to show their support for the families and children coping with childhood cancer, to remember those with lost loved ones, and to offer encouragement to those who treat and care for patients with cancer.
You can find more information by visiting Kids of Love which offers support to children with cancer and their families.
Information about the Broward County Commission can be found at broward.org/commission.