DHR Aims to Increase Childhood Cancer Awareness, Produces “Fight Song” Video with Local Patients

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Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is taking a fight against Childhood Cancer during the month of September

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Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is proud to support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the incredibly brave journey of pediatric cancer “prizefighters” across the world. Our passionate nurses and patients set forth to create a video to tell their story and increase awareness this September and all year long. Please take a moment to watch and share with your loved ones. Music “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten (Google Play • AmazonMP3 • iTunes)

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Edinburg, TX— Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is taking a stand against childhood cancer by hosting several awareness events during September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. For the children and their families who fight cancer, every day is a battle and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) is devoted to supporting them throughout their brave journey. The Children’s Center at Renaissance is home to an oncology unit that offers a multi-disciplinary, family-centered approach to treating patients with an experienced team of pediatric specialists who are committed to serving the needs of the patients and their families.

To kick off National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance celebrated “A Day of Yellow and Gold” on Friday September 4, 2015. In a commitment to join together with fellow Americans to fight childhood cancer, September 2015 was proclaimed National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by President Barack Obama. Wearing yellow and gold clothing is a sign of support to bring awareness to childhood cancer funding and research.

Marissa Castañeda, DHR Senior Executive Vice President, states, “Childhood cancer is a devastating disease that can bring heartache to many. We at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance are honored to dedicate ‘A Day of Yellow and Gold’ to all patients who have battled and are battling childhood cancer, and for their parents and loved ones.”

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States. In 2015 alone, parents of nearly 10,000 children will be told that their child has cancer, while 1,250 will not survive their battle. September is a month to commit to raising awareness for these children and pediatric cancer research.

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In an effort to bring even greater awareness to the battle these children fight on a daily basis, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance composed a video of current and former pediatric patients who have battled, and continue to fight against, cancer.

Castañeda states, “Our ‘prizefighters,’ who range in age from 18 years to 5 months old, are facing very tough challengers in the battle against leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma, hepatoblastoma, and more. Patients and their parents wanted to join in the effort to educate the public about childhood cancer and advocate for an increase in resources for children who have cancer. So they came together with our nurses to create the ‘Fight Song’ music video.”

“The team of nurses, doctors, and surgeons who care for our ‘prizefighters’ has become a large part of the patients’ lives and are proud to join the fight,” states Michelle Scurlock, Director Pediatric Services at the Children’s Center at Renaissance. “Pediatric oncology nurses give themselves selflessly each and every day to the fight against childhood cancer. Patients and families are treated as if they are our own family members, because they are.” Scurlock concludes, “Thank you to each and every Pediatric Oncology Nurse for your dedication and passion towards this cause. And thank you to the patients and families who have given us their trust and continue to fight with us.”

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance further aims to make Childhood Cancer Awareness Month a successful one by letting the community know about the cancer services their young ones can receive right at home. DHR is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive care in the Rio Grande Valley, to ensure patients are able to receive support from their families, friends, and community when fighting the hardest battle of their lives.

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