Mayor Lenny Curry gathered with representatives of a local cancer treatment organizations Saturday to proclaim September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Jacksonville.

Mayor Curry highlighted the many partners it takes to support kids with cancer. Nemours Children’s Health System, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, The Child Cancer Fund and The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund were each on hand for the special event.

Wolfson Children's Hospital president, Michael Aubin says the city is equipped to help those kids in need.

"The Jacksonville region has everything that they need to take care of kids with cancer, but more importantly, they have the services that will support those families to really make a difference in their lives," Aubin said. 

Other than accidents, cancer continues to be one of the main causes of death in children. 

Mayor Curry is urging the community to wear gold throughout September.

You can join in the campaign by posting on social media using #JaxGoesGold to help bring awareness to the illness that claims the lives of many we know and love.