In an effort to call attention to the urgent need to find a cure for pediatric cancer, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recently presented a formal proclamation to CURE Childhood Cancer Executive Director Kristin Connor, along with CURE board members Don Campbell, Lauren Gearon and April Voris, at the Georgia State Capitol. The proclamation supports the work CURE is doing to support cancer research, and to commemorate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month throughout September.
“It is critical that we raise awareness and money to fund childhood cancer research and find a cure,” Connor says. “Our focus is on helping the thousands of children diagnosed each year with cancer, and their families, so that it is no longer the number one disease that kills our children.”
Cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and pediatric AIDS combined, according to Connor. “Childhood cancer crosses all racial, ethnic and social boundaries,” she adds.
The proclamation signifies that the State of Georgia recognizes the devastating effects of childhood cancer on the citizens of this State and, above Governor Perdue’s signature and the Seal of the Executive Department, reads:
“Therefore, I, Sonny Perdue, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby proclaim September, 2009 as CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH in Georgia in order to raise awareness and help promote life-saving research.”
For more information on CURE Childhood Cancer, visit us at www.curechildhoodcancer.org