By Tanna M. Friday, Managing Editor
The Trussville Tribune
TRUSSVILLE — According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 15,780 children under the age of 19 in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year and approximately 40,000 children in the United States are on active treatment at any given time despite its rarity and major advances in treatment and supportive care, remains the leading cause of death by disease for children here in our country.
During a regular Council meeting on Tuesday, September 14, the Trussville City Council approved a proclamation recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which offers Alabamians the opportunity to remember the young lives taken too soon, honor the survivors, and celebrate the progress made in treatment and recovery.
Along with those in support of this proclamation included parents, Shaun and Lori Beth Richey, of beloved Avery Richey, who passed in May 2019 of a brain tumor.
Proclamation approved by the Trussville City Council presented in honor of the late Avery Richey recognizing September at Childhood Cancer Month. (Photo by Tanna Friday)
Shaun Richey addressed his appreciation to the council on acknowledging Childhood Cancer Awareness in the community.
“Childhood cancer is not rare,” said Richey. “There are five families including ours that have been fighting this battle. I appreciate the Council’s recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. There are also other families who are struggling, not only in our community, but also in other communities. Spreading the word helps share awareness toward the cause and every family needs a support system. Where it is in your church, city, or schools. Trussville has been a great city and support system for our family. We thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for the support.”
“I have had the pleasure of knowing these children,” said Paine Elementary School principal, Dr. Lisa Lothspeich. “These children and families are such an inspiration. We would like to thank you for bringing awareness. We know that only four (4) percent of federal money goes to childhood cancer research. These children are receiving cancer treatments that adults receive because they have not come very far with research. We thank you for your support.”
In other matters the Council approved:
- Minutes August 19 workshop, August 24 regular session and August 31 special session;
- Proclamation 2021-19 honoring childhood cancer;
- Proclamation 2021-20 HTHS parade scheduled September 23;
- Ordinance 2021-020ADM to Adopt New FEMA Standards from Flood Damage Prevention;
- Ordinance 2021-021ANX to annex 416 Pineview Road;
- Ordinance 2021-022ADM to establish cemetery rules and regulations;
- Resolution 2021—44 to declare various assets as surplus;
- Resolution 2021-45 to enroll ALM economic development academy;
- Resolution 2021-46 – bid for painting the new police training center on Deerfoot;
- Resolution 2021-47 to authorize reincorporating the city industrial board to authority;
- Resolution 2021-48 to appeal a board of zoning adjustment decision to the 10th judicial circuit;
- Resolution 2021-49 to refinance the 2015 general obligation school warrants;
- Resolution 2021-50 to approve cemetery memorandum of understanding;
- Audit accounts; and
- Executive session to discuss a real estate transaction.