Community comes together to raise awareness for childhood cancer

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and some South Florida communities are spreading their awareness.

North Miami Beach and the Miami-Dade League of Cities teamed up for a special event Tuesday to honor children in their fight against cancer.

North Miami Beach police unveiled its gold ribbon car, in honor of a young boy who died from a rare nervous system cancer, called neuroblastoma.

The boy’s mother, Silvia Vianni, and her husband, Dr. Steve Vianni, formed the Mystic Force Foundation to help fund research and raise awareness for childhood cancer. “I live and breathe childhood cancer because it took my baby away from me,” said Silvia, “and whatever I can do to help them to get over this, to eradicate childhood cancer, I will do it.”

“The only way we’re going to defeat something like this, is public awareness, public support,” said Dr. Vianni.

More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year.

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