2017 Letters to the editor stock

My Christmas wish this year, and every year, is for there to be more awareness, funding and cures for childhood cancer, which is by far the No. 1 disease killer of our children.

I wish for cures so a child can live to be 90, not 9. I wish for cures so that when a parent hears, “Your child has cancer,” they will also hear, “but there is a cure.”

I wish the National Cancer Institute would allocate more than 4 percent of its budget for research specific to childhood cancers. I wish for less toxic cures so children can enjoy their childhood and not have to worry about chemo, their hair falling out and lifelong side effects from antiquated treatments.

I wish for all of America to make childhood cancer a priority.

Nicole Yarrow, Lowell

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Editorial Page Editor/South Lake County Editor

Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.