MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and to commemorate, Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast is turning the RSA tower in Downtown Mobile gold Wednesday evening.
Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast is also asking everyone to don their best yellow and gold outfits the same day to show support for those who are fighting childhood cancer. Gold is the color of childhood cancer awareness.
The City of Mobile has also made a proclamation that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The city also recognized Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast in their efforts to battle childhood cancer.
One Gulf Coast family knows the battle well. “He’s been quite a superhero fighting for so long,” said Aline Dykes, the grandmother of a two-time cancer survivor.
Before Liam Thistlethwaite was even two years old, his family’s world was rocked. Liam was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August of 2013. He was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Two and a half years later, “he also relapsed, it was 8 months after his initial no more chemo party,” said Dykes.
Liam is now eight, and doing well. But is family knows just how hard childhood cancer affects a family.
“Childhood cancer is not rare,” said Dykes.
His grandmother is now a member of the Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast. “Federal funding only 4% is designated for childhood cancer research. So it’s vital that we all work hard to help our children survive,” said Dykes.
The American Cancer Society says more than 11,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
“There are children fighting and it breaks my heart when I think about it at this moment. THey’re at St. Jude, they’re at USA, they’re at a lot of hospitals. And it is up to us to work hard to find a cure for some of these terrible cancers. It robs the children of their childhood,” said Dykes.
As Downtown Mobile lights up in gold, it will have special meaning for those who have been touched by childhood cancer. “It means a lot that people acknowledge this fight,” said Dykes.
Joy of Life on the Gulf Coast is looking for volunteers, if you are interested you can message them on their Facebook page, or contact Webb Jackson: (251) 455-1566.
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