Mayor Phyllis Fitzgerald signed a proclamation to make September “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” on the September 5 meeting day. Last year, several schools across the district went Gold for Childhood Cancer on their own, but this year we will designate September 20th as the “Go Gold for Childhood Cancer” Day.
Each year in the U.S. there are an estimated 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer. Approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. Globally there are more than 300,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year. Every 3 minutes, somewhere in the world a family hears the devastating words that their child has been diagnosed with cancer. -American Childhood Cancer Organization
This year several schools are participating in the “Go Gold for Childhood Cancer” Day to include Franklin Elementary on September 5. The event included staff and students dressing in gold to support Childhood Cancer Awareness. Franklin Elementary challenged other schools in Geary County to “Go Gold” in the month of September. Spring Valley Elementary and Westwood Elementary are already planning to “Go Gold” September 20, 2017.