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Ribbons on tree mark Nat'l Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
This year, an estimated 12,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with the disease.
A local non-profit group called Cancer Families United is working to bring awareness to the issue.
Right now, a tree on the Kalamazoo Mall is filled with hundreds of gold ribbons.
Each ribbon represents 100 children who are diagnosed with cancer.
The group also wants to let families know they don't have to fight the battle alone.
"It's a very challenging struggle, and when you feel alone and you feel like you're kind of on an island, it's hard to come out of that hole; so you need the community's support to understand they're fighting along with you," said Mary Kay Pederson, with Cancer Families United.
Cancer Familes United plans to help families network and support one another.
The group is working with local hospitals and handing out care bags to families who are just getting the news.
The bags are filled with comfort and care items, to let those families know that the community supports them.