Cancer dec­la­ra­tion

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MIKE POWER

Labrador City and Wabush are rec­og­niz­ing Septem­ber as child­hood cancer aware­ness month.

The town coun­cils of Labrador City and Wabush re­cently signed a procla­ma­tion rec­og­niz­ing Septem­ber as child­hood cancer aware­ness month.

On hand for the sign­ing were 16-year-old Cameron Far­rell and his mom Ronda.

“Cameron was di­ag­nosed with cancer when he was sixand-a-half years old,” Ronda told the Aurora.

Her ad­vice is to lis­ten to your doc­tors, speak with peo­ple who have been through a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence, and try your best to keep your child as nor­mal as pos­si­ble. Do­ing the things that any child would do, but keep in mind some ac­tiv­i­ties may have to be changed slightly due to weak­ened im­mune sys­tems or treat­ments that are nec­es­sary.

De­spite the treat­ments and the or­deal, Cameron hasn’t let it stop him from pur­su­ing his in­ter­ests and lead­ing a very ac­tive life as a young teen.

He is one very busy young per­son, ac­tively in­volved with sea cadets, where he has been hon­oured with a num­ber of awards.

He is part of the youth for so­cial jus­tice com­mit­tee at his high school, vol­un­teers with the Cana­dian Cancer So­ci­ety and is a part of church groups, just to name a few of the things he is in­volved in.

All that, and tak­ing time to be a reg­u­lar 16-year-old.

Cameron has some ad­vice for any young per­son who is faced with a di­ag­no­sis of cancer, or any ma­jor dis­ease.

“Don’t let it ruin your life, it can be easy to let it get you down and feel sorry for your­self, but the best thing is to be pos­i­tive, fight it and know your lim­i­ta­tions.”

He also told the Aurora, “I’d be happy to share my ex­pe­ri­ence with bat­tling cancer with any young per­son who is di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease; sup­port can make such a dif­fer­ence when you are faced with the dis­ease.”

Ronda agrees. “There have been other chil­dren in the area di­ag­nosed with cancer. Sup­port from groups like the can­dle lighters, your fam­ily, friends and health-care work­ers can be such a pos­i­tive thing.”

For that rea­son, Ronda and Cameron were happy to at­tend the sign­ing of the procla­ma­tion. They want peo­ple to know there is help and sup­port for young peo­ple di­ag­nosed with cancer and with more recog­ni­tion and re­search there is a lot more chance of a pos­i­tive out­come.

SUB­MIT­TED

Cameron Far­rell, age seven

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