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Celebrating Childhood Cancer Awareness month

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - MUSC and Camp Happy Days teamed up to honor children with cancer on Sunday.

The celebration at Waterfront Park in North Charleston was part of September Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Camp Happy Days is a non-profit organization that offers support for South Carolina's children with cancer and their families.

"These children have an indominable spirit that is truly incredible. For a child that is 4-months-old to 4-years-old sitting in the hospital for months at a time with intravaneous needles, the kemo, the radiation - what they go through, no child should have to go through," said Executive Director of Camp Happy Days, Eleanor Smythe.

Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease for children and 20 percent of children diagnosed do not survive. The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is just six, and nearly 12,000 kids are diagnosed each year.

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