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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Proclaimed In Oswego

Mayor Tom Gillen presents Makayla Walker, accompanied by her mother, with the proclamation Monday night. Makayla was diagnosed in the fall of 2012 with an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer. The Walkers were joined by twins Sadie (left) and Myla Wilson and their parents. Sadie is currently in treatment for leukemia and goes to Upstate Golisano's Children's Hospital.

Mayor Tom Gillen presents Makayla Walker, accompanied by her mother, with the proclamation Monday night. Makayla was diagnosed in the fall of 2012 with an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer. The Walkers were joined by twins Sadie (left) and Myla Wilson and their parents. Sadie is currently in treatment for leukemia and goes to Upstate Golisano's Children's Hospital.

Mayor Tom Gillen presents Makayla Walker, accompanied by her mother, with the proclamation Monday night. Makayla was diagnosed in the fall of 2012 with an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer. The Walkers were joined by twins Sadie (left) and Myla Wilson and their parents. Sadie is currently in treatment for leukemia and goes to Upstate Golisano's Children's Hospital.
Mayor Tom Gillen presents Makayla Walker, accompanied by her mother, with the proclamation Monday night. Makayla was diagnosed in the fall of 2012 with an abdominal desmoid tumor. It is so aggressive it is classified as a cancer. The Walkers were joined by twins Sadie (left) and Myla Wilson and their parents. Sadie is currently in treatment for leukemia and goes to Upstate Golisano’s Children’s Hospital.

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday’s Common Council meeting, Mayor Tom Gillen proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the Port City.

In the US, almost 13,000 children, under the age of 21, are diagnosed with cancer every year, he said.

Thanks to on-going advances in research and treatment, the five-year survival rate for all childhood cancers has climbed from less than 50 percent to 80 percent currently, he said.