Released on September 1, 2017
Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit, along with parents and families, joined together to raise the childhood cancer awareness flag in support of children and youth across the province. Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness month is widely recognized across the country, as cancer is a leading cause of death among children.
“As a parent who lost a child to this devastating disease, I am all too familiar with childhood cancer,” Ottenbreit said. “Through past experience, continuing work, as well as my current journey as a cancer patient, I also know what amazing advancements in treatment and care continue to be realized. Recognizing this important month is another step in improving care and quality of life for patients, and ultimately a cure through awareness. Thank you to those championing this cause and also the health care professionals supporting these cancer warriors every day.”
The Ministry of Health has proclaimed September as Childhood and Youth Cancer Awareness Month, which will be observed each year in recognition of the impact that cancer has on the lives of children, youth, and families across Saskatchewan.
“As parents of children who have had to be very brave, we know that even the youngest members of our communities can get cancer,” childhood cancer advocate Jenn Lyster said. “We owe it to them to have quality diagnostics and care available, and to support cancer research and more effective treatments.”
Lyster founded the Small But Mighty Foundation, which is holding its third annual Gold Walk on September 10 in Saskatoon to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Canada. The number of new pediatric patients seen at Saskatchewan’s two cancer centres typically ranges from 40 to 50 each year. Pediatric oncologists, nurses, social workers, and support staff work together providing care for them.
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