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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - Local group picks September 30th, as Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness Day


Posted on: 09/16/2004

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - Local group picks September 30th, as Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness Day

For Immediate Release
Contact Info: Joan Kerpan
215-402-9371
Joankerpan@yahoo.com

September 14, 2004 — Lafayette Hill, Pa. Joan Kerpan of Lafayette Hill, Pa, along with many parents, whose children have cancer, is taking action against pediatric brain tumors. Joan’s son, Kyle Kerpan, 8, has a brain tumor. Kyle was diagnosed at 2 years of age, and has been off and on chemotherapy since he was 3 ½ years old. Having two brain surgeries and two shunts, Kyle is a fighter and so is Joan. She won’t stand by without making sure people in Pennsylvania and around the entire country, know about this deadly disease.

According to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation statistics, there are 3,110 new cases of pediatric primary and malignant brain tumors diagnosed annually, and brain tumors are the most deadly of all childhood cancers. Because most people are not aware of these frightening facts, Joan Kerpan, and many other parents of children affected by brain tumors, have joined forces to create an awareness campaign called the “Hope Rules” movement geared for Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness.

Since September is known nationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Joan and other parents, picked September 30th as Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness Day. “The day was picked simply because it is the final day of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we hope it will stand out in people’s minds.” Said Ms. Kerpan. The Hope Rules movement intends to inform people of the disease, while honoring patients who are battling a brain tumor as well as those who have passed away from a brain tumor. The group will ask everyone to wear simple gray and gold friendship bracelets on September 30th. The bracelets are being hand made by children, parents, friends and families all across the United States for this event. The gray color represents brain tumor awareness and the gold color represents childhood cancer awareness. “The combination of colors made perfect sense, it is simple but strong in its statement”, said Ms. Kerpan. The group hopes to distribute as many as they possibly can. “We just want people to know what these brain tumors can do and how difficult it is to see our children live this everyday of their lives, it is a life no child should have to live.”

Ms. Kerpan, along with the many parents of children battling brain tumors, hope residents of Pennsylvania (and the rest of the United States) will wear the bracelets on September, 30th 2004 to raise awareness of this horrible disease and to honor all our little fighters out there in their ongoing battle. To obtain a bracelet or to find out how to make one contact Joan Kerpan at Joankerpan@yahoo.com

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