Each year, pediatric cancer interrupts the childhood and limits the potential of thousands of young Americans. It is estimated that almost 16,000 Americans under the age of 20 will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and it remains the leading cause of disease-related death for children.
The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court unanimously proclaimed September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.
“Before I read the Proclamation, I want to introduce a very special guest we have with us here today,” said Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Julia Benitez Sullivan. “Yarissa Diaz is four-years-old and a cancer survivor.”
Yarissa and her family were welcomed with a wave of applause from the audience.
“We really appreciate the county for amplifying this important message that helps support and draw attention to such an important fight that young children face daily,” said Dr. Gerardo Lopez-Mena, who serves as Medical Director of the Advanced Care Center at Renaissance Health Care.
“During this special month, our nation comes together to remember all those whose lives were cut short by pediatric cancer, to recognize the loved ones who know too well the pain it causes, and to support every child and every family battling cancer,” read the Proclamation, in part.
The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court encouraged all Hidalgo County residents to join in national observances and in reaffirming their commitment to fighting childhood cancer.