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Posted on: September 8, 2016


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Commissioners Court declared September Childhood Cancer Awareness month in honor of Valley resident, Javier Martinez, 10. After his long ordeal, Martinez and his family want to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

“There is plenty of awareness for adult cancers, which we wholeheartedly support," said Yolanda Garza, Javier Martinez' mother. "But only 4 percent of the money [raised from that awareness) goes to childhood cancer."

Javier Martinez, 10, speaks at Commissioners Court, pictured with his mother, Yolanda Garza, (left) and Precinct 4 staff member Lizbeth Gonzalez.

The 10-year-old Martinez was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma—a rare form of bone cancer—in May 2015 after he had pain in his rib area. Following numerous rounds of chemotherapy to reduce the size of his malignant tumor, Martinez had a surgical procedure to remove 10 inches of his right rib.

Because Ewing’s Sarcoma can only be diagnosed after a biopsy, the organization “Javier’s Journey” was founded by the family to raise awareness for regular checkups after bumps and bruises.

Each year an estimated 250,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide; almost 700 are affected daily.

“Javier just finished his radiation treatment; he’s a remarkable young man who comes home and is eager to do his homework; he’s a great student,” said Garza.

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