Cancer is a terrible disease, but sometimes there is a glitter of hope, embodied by the survivors of the disease. Now, cancer survivors want to raise awareness about what it means to struggle with the disease, how they can gain their old life back and how other members of the community can help them with that.
September was declared Childhood Cancer Awareness month by the St. George City Councilman. A young boy, George Stafford, is one of the main reasons for that to happen. He is one of the young cancer survivors, as he was diagnosed with the disease two years ago, but now he is fine again.
However, he managed to keep a broad smile on his face including during the difficult months he spent in the hospital. Young George Stafford was diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumor, a type of cancer which affects the kidneys. He was only seven years old when it happened. Soon after, he started to undergo specialized treatment, and doctors in two hospitals took good care of him, namely at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City and Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
Eventually, George’s tumor was removed. After hard months of chemotherapy, George is back home. He says he is glad about being himself again, although it seems to him that his hair is somehow different now.
Doctors say that Wilms’ Tumor is a type of kidney cancer which is common in kids younger than George. When children reach five years of age, they are considered to be out of danger with this disease. However, this wasn’t George’s case. Nevertheless, the boy showed he is a fighter, and his parents feel like nothing can take them down now since their son was able to defeat the terrible disease.
The Stafford family will always be an active part in the process of raising awareness about childhood cancer. They know that there are other families that might be going through the same unfortunate situation that they have just got out of.
According to official statistics, there are more than forty children diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States. The families of the patients complain that there is not enough funding allotted to medical research for cancer patients.
Although September has been declared Childhood Cancer Awareness, October also brings good news for patients and their families. A fundraising event is due to take place on October 23. It is a motorcycle race, which has been going on for two years now. All the money will be donated for medical research in the field of childhood cancer.
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