Unfortunately, every year, pediatric cancers affect tens of thousands of children with thousands sadly dying from the disease. In an effort to bring awareness to this disheartening issue, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented a proclamation joining the nation in declaring September to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Silvia Dominguez Vanni, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Mystic Force Foundation, received the proclamation on behalf of the non-profit. She founded the Mystic Force Foundation with her husband in honor of their son Salvatore, who at age four was diagnosed with stage four of neuroblastoma cancer.
“Everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that pink ribbons represent that month, but how many of us know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and that gold ribbons represent it,” said Vice-Mayor Burgess, during the special presentation at the September Homestead City Council meeting. “Unfortunately, Pediatric Cancer is not rare, with tens of thousands of children diagnosed every year and thousands dying. It is important that we bring attention to this issue and I want to commend the Mystic Force Foundation for their work raising funds for research and increasing awareness.”
The Mystic Force Foundation’s ultimate goal is to find a cure for childhood cancer. The non-profit raises awareness on the types of cancers that affect children and raises funds to bring less toxic, more effective treatments researched at the University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery Childhood Cancer Research Lab as well as to fund research at various other institutions across the country. http://www.mysticforcefoundation.com/