Issued: September 29, 2016
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Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing supports Childhood Cancer
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has been wearing a Gold Ribbon throughout September in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Mrs Laing was contacted by Lisa Griffiths, from Epping, whose three-year-old son was diagnosed with leukaemia in July last year.
Ms Griffiths has been working throughout the Epping Forest area to increase awareness of childhood cancer.
Ms Griffiths, whose son has been responding well to treatment, said: “Children don’t have a voice, which is why it is so important to raise awareness, like with other adult cancers.
"I did know that children get cancer but you don’t think it will happen to you.”
A number of charities and organisations have come together to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month through fundraising and education.
The Campaign draws attention to the fact that over 30 children are diagnosed with cancer each day. One in five of these children will not survive the disease.
Mrs Laing said: “We must be vigilant in the fight against cancer. The number of people surviving cancer is increasing but so are the numbers of people being diagnosed.
"The story of Lisa’s son is a tragic reminder that cancer can affect people of any age.”
Mrs Laing added: “I thank Lisa for the excellent work she has been doing in the Epping Forest area to raise awareness and to fundraise.
"We can increase the chances of an early diagnosis with education and fundraising helps ensure we can look forward to a day when cancer does not kill."
Mrs Laing supports the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group.
You can read more about the group and donate at www.cclg.org.uk/CCAM