People met at the West Virginia capitol on Thursday to raise awareness about the danger that cancer can pose to young children.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., announced that September would be Children with Cancer awareness month. He encouraged people to wear gold ribbons to spread the word. A number of people from organizations that help cancer patients were also there for the event.
Karen Vannatter from the Emma's Touch foundation lost her baby to cancer. She talked about the needs young cancer patients in West Virginia have. "Three children will be diagnosed with childhood cancer in the U.S. Every day. Seven of those kids will die every day in the United states. It's the least funded of all cancer groups," said Vannatter.
She added that more funding is key, but raising awareness by wearing gold ribbons will also make a difference.