County Comm. proclaims September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – A proclamation was signed this morning by the Muskingum County Commissioners making the month of September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Muskingum County.

Local children battling cancer and their family members gathered in the Muskingum County Commissioner’s Office for what was an emotional discussion about their battle. Numerous people mentioned the community support is amazing and every bit of encouragement helps in a time of need.

A mother of a patient, Carmen Boyd said, “It is huge because when you find out that your child has cancer, it immediately throws you into a hallway separate from the rest of the world. So, for people to reach out and support you, it really helps you feel less alone and helps you get through the rough times so it has been a Godsend.”

Sheriff Matt Lutz was in attendance to show his support, and at one point, Commissioner Jim Porter pulled the kids aside to give them a personal message.

“I just wanted those kids to know that I’m a cancer survivor myself. I just wanted to give them a pep talk on how to stay positive. I pray for them every night, every cancer patient is in my prayers every night and will be till the day I die. I applaud these parents, and I applaud these youngsters for what they are going through but I also applaud the community for their support,” Porter said.

To recognize childhood cancer, the courthouse will be lit up with gold lights, a color that represents the cause.