Wednesday letters: Focus on childhood cancer welcomed

October 2, 2013 

— I would like to thank everyone for finally getting National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, held in September, the recognition it deserves. Thank you to USC assistant athletics director Charles Waddell, coach Steve Spurrier and the USC Athletics Department. Thanks also to the Gamecock football team for the public service announcement and for wearing the Curing Kids Cancer helmet stickers, whistles and armbands during the Vanderbilt game.

Thank you to The Crescent Olive and nurse Kimberly Burleson for the fundraisers. Also, coach Boo Major, the USC equestrian team, the USC Black Alumni Council and Cocky have partnered with us to heal the pediatric patients emotionally by hosting fun days with the horses. Palmetto Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Clinic and Dr. Ron Neuberg deserve a round of applause for using our donations for cutting edge research and treatments.

Every 35 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease and kills more children in the United States than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and muscular dystrophy combined. Let’s change this by funding the development of treatments that are more effective and less toxic than traditional childhood cancer therapies.

Gina Owen Janvrin

S.C. Director


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