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.
Cameron Farrell, age seven