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Jackson mayor declares September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

The Jackson, Missouri mayor signed a local proclamation on Thursday declaring September be dedicated to childhood cancer awareness in the city.

Roughly 50 people showed up for the signing at the Jackson courthouse.

The movement was started by a woman whose friend has a child with cancer.

"I just couldn't sit still anymore because somebody should do something," Andrea Allstun said. "Well, I'm somebody so I just started talking to people and got a group together and we just started working on it. It's very real. There are a lot of kids in this area that are suffering and have been diagnosed and I decided I would just do something now."

People are encouraged to wear gold during September to help raise awareness.

A 5K fun run and walk is also scheduled for Sept. 13.

Mayor Barbara Lohr said the Jackson Courthouse will be lit up gold, and the post office will redecorate their parking lot.

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