CANCER IS a feared and vicious disease. Nearly every family has been touched in same fashion by the affliction.
When it targets children, cancer's impact is felt even more. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those dealing with cancer in their lives, especially the youthful victims.
To that end, September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is time to recognize the courage and fight exhibited by the young patients as well as their family members engaged in the passionate fight for a clean bill of health.
Belmont County commissioners last week took time to recognize and support the observance. They also extend their recognition to the health care providers who deliver treatment and care to the pediatric cancer patients.
One way to help in the battle is to raise awareness. That can be done in many ways, one of which is being demonstrated by Commissioner Chuck Probst. The veteran commissioner also serves as head volleyball coach at Martins Ferry High School. His Lady Purple spikers would be sporting gold apparel at its games to help raise awareness and funding for the cause.
Probst challenges other coaches to do the same. That they should.
A gold ribbon is the symbol of the fight against childhood cancer.
Commissioner Ginny Favede also trumpeted the effort, as she passed out several gold ribbons while vowing to continue to spread the word to raise public awareness. Commissioner Matt Coffland, who has seen child cancer touch his family, also echoed the need for support.
Advancements are being made to tame cancer of all types and for all ages.
More needs to be done, however, and so we will challenge everyone to join the battle in helping quell childhood cancer.