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STATE SENATOR

Terry Gerratana

Healthy Families, Healthy Communities

#TurnCTGold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and I hope you will join me in spreading awareness about this important cause and the efforts to find a cure. Nearly 15,000 people under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and one in five of our nation’s children lose his or her battle with cancer. I greatly appreciate all the incredible work being done by the medical community and nonprofits to support families in their battle against childhood cancer.

Over the month of September, many businesses and organizations will “go gold” to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Amazon will donate $1 million to fund American Childhood Cancer Organization initiatives and will ship 10 million boxes with a gold ribbon, the international symbol of childhood cancer. There are many opportunities for all of us to help as individuals as well, including volunteering and donating to nonprofits. The American Childhood Cancer Organization can always use financial help in their work to support children with cancer and their families. Circle of Care is a great local organization that specifically assists Connecticut families battling childhood cancer.

Childhood cancer

Additionally, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation is hosting a “Run for Nancy’s Kids” 5k Run/Walk on September 23 in West Hartford. Money raised at this event will be used by primary care physicians to provide much-needed financial support to children and families in need. Jamie’s Run for Connecticut’s Children is hosting a 5K Road Race/Charity Walk on November 5 in Wethersfield to raise money for Pediatric Cancer clinical trials and family assistance at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.