This previously published editorial highlights the need to stand together for children fighting cancer. Each Thursday in September, we will share a story about this fight in the Catawba Valley. Thank you for joining this great cause.

– Jon LaFontaine, Editor

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The Hickory Daily Record is going gold for the month of September to help spread awareness of childhood cancer.

Cancer kills more children than any other disease in the United States, and treatments for a child’s body remain out-of-reach, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

Each Thursday in September, the Hickory Daily Record will share with readers how the fight against childhood cancer is impacting the Catawba Valley and will shine a spotlight on a disease that leaves lasting scars on families.

Approximately one in 285 children in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease before the age of 20, and the predominant types of pediatric cancers are leukemia, cancers of the brain and central nervous system, and lymphoma, according to a study by the American Cancer Society.

When any family member is diagnosed with cancer, the entire family is impacted. This is especially true of childhood cancers, because it’s the family that is diagnosed with the disease.

Children are and will always be the future of this world, and as a community, we must show support and give hope to those families fighting against a terrible foe.

From 1975 to 2010, pediatric cancer in our nation increased by an average of 0.6 percent per year, according to the ACS.

While the rate of diagnosis has increased, the mortality rates for all childhood and adolescent cancers combined declined steadily over the same period by an average of 2.1 percent per year.

This represents a decline of more than 50 percent. However, we must continue efforts to fund and spread awareness to save even more lives.

The community must inspire champions for the families battling this disease for our future, our children.

Along with the articles published in the Hickory Daily Record, we invite you to share with us your stories in the fight against childhood cancer. Send your inspiration to those battling the disease by emailing news@hickoryrecord.com with the subject line “Fight Against Childhood Cancer.”

We will publish your stories throughout September, with the goal of spreading awareness and hope throughout our community.

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