Governor Tomblin Declares September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 14, 2016) – In a ceremony today with children, families and advocates, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared September as Childhood Cancer Awareness month. 

Today, we come together in solidarity for our kids, survivors, loved ones and everyone whose lives have been impacted by childhood cancer,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I am proud to join states across the country in an effort shine a light on our children, making sure they receive the care, support and outpouring of love that they so deserve.” 

Childhood cancer remains the number one disease-related cause of death among children across the country. Each year, childhood cancer claims more lives than asthma, juvenile diabetes, cystic fibrosis and pediatric AIDS combined. 

Nationally, 43 children between birth and the age of 20 will be diagnosed with cancer every day. In West Virginia, there are more than 65 children diagnosed each year.
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