Along with presenting the proclamation, the governor and first lady visited with children fighting cancer. Several UNC physicians shared remarks, including Dr. William Roper, Dean of UNC’s School of Medicine; Dr. Ian Buchanan, Vice President of Women’s and Children’s Services, UNC Health Care; and Dr. Stuart Gold, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children and teenagers, surpassed only by unintentional injuries.
Before the proclamation Ashley Burnette of Raleigh, cancer survivor and former patient ambassador, spoke to Governor McCrory, the First Lady and a small gathering of her “cancer family.” Ashley shared her personal story of triumph over stage 4 neuroblastoma.
UNC Health Care and Rock Against Cancer (RAC), a local nonprofit that funds music therapy for pediatric cancer patients, hosted the event.
Photos from the event
More pictures of the event can be found on Governor McCrory’s Flickr feed here.
For videos from the event, visit the North Carolina Children’s Hospital Facebook page.