Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

40 | | You may already be aware that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. If you are, then you know that gold is the ribbon used to recognize childhood cancer. Unfortunately, childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 14, according to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thankfully, there are also positive stories of families that have children in remission and children that have beat the disease. The following are triumphant testimonies from local families whose children battled to overcome cancer. NAVIGATING A NEW NORMAL Cayden Burke will be entering Cairo Middle School this year as a 6th-grader. He enjoys swimming, hanging out with friends and soaking up summer. Cayden is interested in journalism and can’t wait to take electives this school year. With a name meaning champion or fighter, it is no wonder that Cayden does not let problems get him Fearless Fighters BY CARI LAWSON Cayden Burke (right) and his brother, Rylan. Local Families Share Stories of Childhood Cancer Awareness