September was proclaimed as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in McPherson at Tuesday’s city commission meeting. Gloria Schroeder presented at this week’s city commission and believes that sometimes childhood cancer is overlooked and is not on as many people’s radars.
“It’s not in your realm, you don’t hear it unless it’s in your family,” Schroeder said. “There are several children in McPherson County that are fighting childhood cancer.”
Last week there was a blood drive in McPherson in honor of Kaiden Schroeder, and the Red Cross anticipated 28 people would come donate blood, but instead 71 people donated blood and helped potentially 215 people with their donations.
There be a Childhood Cancer Walk on Sept. 14 in McPherson starting at 6:30 p.m. The walk will start at Genesis Health Club and will end up at the Plaza. There will be speakers, refreshments and the proclamation to make September “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in McPherson will be read. Schroeder encourages everybody to wear a yellow ribbon or wear gold.
Every year more than 15,000 children or adolescents are diagnosed with cancer, and now September has been designated to be aware of how many are affected.