The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed September “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in Hanover. Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and the Supervisors acknowledge there are young residents battling this disease in the community. Each year in the United States an estimated 15,780 children aged 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer. Foundations, researchers, and healthcare professionals are working diligently to treat and cure pediatric cancer and Hanover County joins health professionals, non-profits, researchers, and families around the world to raise awareness of childhood cancer and remember all of those impacted.
During Wednesday's Board meeting Hanover County Board of Supervisors Chair Angela Kelly-Wiecek read the proclamation and presented it local resident LeAnna Headley. In 2014, when Headley was just 14 years old, she founded a 501c3 nonprofit called “Our Amazing Fighters.” The nonprofit is committed to raising awareness and spreading joy to kids and their families in the fight against pediatric cancer. You can learn more about “Our Amazing Fighters” here: https://www.ouramazingfighters.org/.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is often symbolized by a gold ribbon.