Gold Ribbons for Childhood Cancers and Cancer Survivors
May 4, 2011, 11:00 AM EST
Childhood cancers are more commonplace than many Canadians realize, Nancy Simmons told CAW delegates on April 30, during an emotional presentation with her two sisters, one of whom is a brain cancer survivor. Currently, there are over 10,000 children and youth (under the age of 18) living with some form of cancer in Canada. As many as 1,500 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Her younger sister, Stephanie, 16, has courageously battled the disease since 2004. She has had three major operations and has had to re-learn how to both walk and speak the same number of times.
Stephanie is in good spirits, surrounded by her supportive family. She urged though that when people meet a cancer patient, not to look at them with pity, but with respect and admiration for their courage and tenacity for persevering.
One in five children die of their cancer, but many more will suffer from life long mental health issues caused by prolonged treatment, social isolation and other factors. Many also suffer from permanent immune deficiencies.
Stephanie and her family are now on a campaign to create greater awareness for childhood cancers and cancer survivors. The Simmons family, joined by many enthusiastic supporters, are petitioning Canada Post to introduce a commemorative gold ribbon stamp campaign, in recognition of childhood cancer, its survivors and its victims and their families.
The campaign also includes a quest to have the Canadian Mint issue a commemorative gold ribbon coin, similar to the special Remembrance Day poppy and breast cancer quarters that were released into circulation in 2004 and 2006.
Help Stephanie and send a letter to Canada Post: http://www.goldribboncampaign.org/