G9 inspires governor to declare Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 18:50:10-04

Governor Scott Walker has declared September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The effort was inspired by 14-year-old Annie Bartosz, who lost her twin brother Jack and her father John to cancer.

Both had fought against cancer and won, but then it returned.

"Both were considered survivors because they survived five years from their diagnosis. But this isn't surviving," said Sarah Bartosz, Annie's mother.

After Jack died, Annie was inspired to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the need to find a cure.

"We can't just win this battle against an awful disease with people trying to fight it. We need everyone fighting together. Because with only those affected, it's like trying to win the war with only the wounded," she said.

Annie founded G9, in which the G stands for gold and the nine represents September, the color and number of month for childhood cancer awareness.

Dr. Michael Kelly is the cancer program director at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. He believes it's important to raise awareness about the disease.

"Although rare, childhood cancer is the number one cause of disease related death in the United States, a sobering statistic," he said.

Get more information about G9 here.