BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – Mayor Carmen Amato and the Berkeley Township Council proudly encourage all residents to “Wrap the Town Gold” in recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and place gold ribbons around town.
Residents may have already noticed the large wooden ribbon cutouts located at Town Hall and at the Recreation Center on Rt. 9.
Mayor Carmen Amato and the Township Council read a Proclamation recognizing September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and paid tribute to Emiliana’s Hope and namesake Emiliana O’Brien, who lost her courageous battle with cancer at the age of 13.
The Proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, each year, thousands of children face the battle against cancer with inspiring hope and incredible bravery. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, an entire family and community are affected. The devotion of parents, grandparents, loved ones and friends creates a treasured network of support for these courageous children; and
WHEREAS, the month of September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, where we honor the young lives taken too soon and the survivors who face chronic health challenges; and
WHEREAS, we celebrate the progress made in treatment and recovery and we rededicate ourselves to fighting this disease so that all children may have the chance to live a full and healthy life; and
WHEREAS, we pay tribute to the health care professionals, researchers, social support organizations and parent advocacy groups who work together to provide hope, support families and find cures for childhood cancers. Together, we will carry on their work toward a future in which cancer no longer threatens the lives of children; and
WHEREAS, here in Berkeley Township, we have many parent advocacy and community organizations whose mission is to improve the lives of pediatric cancer patients with hope and give their families comfort, while creating awareness of pediatric cancer; and
WHEREAS, one of those groups is Emiliana’s Hope; and
WHEREAS, Emiliana’s Hope was founded to honor Emiliana O’Brien, who at the age of 13, earned her wings on December 1, 2015 after a six month courageous battle with cancer; and
WHEREAS, during Emiliana’s treatments, her biggest pet peeve was “why doesn’t anyone know about childhood cancer?” The mission of Emiliana’s Hope is to honor her memory and continue Emiliana’s vision and generosity toward others, improve the lives of pediatric cancer patients, give them hope, provide their families comfort and create much needed awareness; and
Now, Therefore, I , Carmen F. Amato, Jr, Mayor of Berkeley Township on behalf of the Berkeley Township Council, hereby proclaim the month of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Berkeley Township, and further encourage all residents to “Wrap Our Town in Gold” to recognize and affirm our commitment to fighting childhood cancer.