Ceremony Held to Recognize September 13th as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

UNC and Rock Against Cancer (RAC), a local nonprofit that funds music therapy for pediatric cancer patients, presented Governor Perdue’s Special Proclamationdeclaring September 13th Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in a ceremony at the N.C. Children’s Hospital.

Deputy Secretary for Health Services Michael Watson joined cancer survivor Tucker Petty; UNC Pediatrics Chair and N.C. Children’s Hospital Physician-in-Chief Alan Stiles, MD; and UNC Pediatric Oncology Chief, Stuart Gold, MD to mark the occasion.

Petty, currently a UNC student, is a brain cancer survivor treated by Dr. Gold who worked as a summer intern with RAC through the APPLES service learning program at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Petty spent the summer advocating for federal funding for research into childhood cancers.