State House OK’s Benninghoff bill declaring September ‘Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’

The state House approved a resolution Tuesday designating September “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.

The goal is to raise awareness of the struggle of childhood cancer, Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-Bellefonte, who introduced the resolution.

Benninghoff’s 4-year-old daughter Ryleigh died of brain cancer in December 2010.

“Information can lead to early detection and treatment, which can save lives,” Benninghoff said in the release. “When your child is that one out of 100 children, it’s a frightening and sad realization,” he said.

Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of 15, according to the statement.

“We want children with cancer to know that we’re thinking about them and support them in their struggle,” Benninghoff said.