OCEANPORT: The memory of borough resident Alexander Munoz will remain in the minds of locals this coming month.
The Oceanport Council read a proclamation recognizing September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month during its Aug. 17 meeting.
The devastating effects of pediatric cancer were seen by the community on Nov. 11, 2014 when the 16-year-old Munoz died after a 19-month battle with brain and spinal cancer.
The Alexander Munoz Memorial Fund created in the memory of Munoz with the intention of promoting awareness and supporting the needs of the adolescent, teen and young adult cancer community. It also provides an annual scholarship to deserving high school sections from Shore Regional High School.
The fund has partnered with the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which works as a link between philanthropists and non-profits.
According to the proclamation, childhood cancer rates have been rising for the past few decades and about 15,000 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer.
The proclamation read by Mayor Jay Coffey last week pledged that the borough would help raise awareness of the terrible disease. Alex's mom Laura thanked the mayor and council and the community for all their love over the last few years.
"Everyone has been supportive," Laura said. "We fight so hard to make the facts (about pediatric cancer) known."