Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


By Kendra Mahon - [email protected]



WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Mingo County Commission (MCC) a proclamation was signed by the commission declaring September 2016, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The proclamation was presented to the commission by Tonya Webb on behalf of the Williamson Woman’s Club.

The Proclamation presented to the county commission reads as follows:

* Whereas, childhood cancer spares no one, affecting kids from every socioeconomic background and

* Whereas, statistics report cancer is detected in nearly 15,000 children each year and is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children; and

* Whereas, the GFWC Williamson Women’s Club is on a mission to bring awareness of childhood cancer by asking elected officials, residents and municipalities to recognize September as childhood cancer month by going “gold”; and

* Whereas, this month we also recognize the dedication and hard work of all professionals and volunteers who are working diligently to overcome childhood cancer and to also reaffirm our admiration and support for the courageous youngsters and parents who struggle with this disease daily; and

* Whereas, Mingo County will be committed to help raising awareness about childhood cancer with the hope a cure for this deadly disease will be found; and

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Mingo County Commission does hereby recognize the need to bring awareness for childhood cancer and wishes to honor and support, the GFWC Williamson Woman’s Club by, “going gold” for the month of September.

The GFWC Williamson Women’s Club will be conducting various activities throughout the month of September to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

“We are challenging, businesses and residents of the Tug Valley area to “go gold”, said Tonya.

The Mingo County Commission has suggested erecting a bulletin board in the entrance of the Mingo County courthouse to honor all the children in our area who are currently battling, have survived or have lost their battle with cancer.

In attendance at the meeting were Nick and Tara Hurley of Matewan, W.Va.

The Hurley’s lost their son Phillip in February 2015 at the age of 11 years old.

Anyone wanting more information about the activities throughout the month of September or if you would like to know how to get a picture on the bulletin board please contact Tonya Webb at 606-625-1628.

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By Kendra Mahon

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Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.

Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.

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