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BOSTON – Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – On Wednesday, September 2, Mayor Walsh will kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness month by welcoming the Agostinelli family, who is celebrating the strength of their son RJ, 17 years old, who won his battle with cancer. Since his diagnosis in July 2008, RJ underwent two and a half years of intense Chemotherapy and Radiation. RJ has continued to be an advocate of childhood cancer by collaborating with organizations that help both children and their families struggling with cancer. The Agostinelli family resides in West Roxbury and RJ attends Boston Collegiate Charter High School in Dorchester.
At age seven, Mayor Walsh survived a serious bout of Burkett’s lymphoma thanks to experimental treatments and extraordinary care he received at Boston Children’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Mayor Walsh understands how critical having a supportive community is to defeating cancer and is now asking fellow Bostonians to help raise awareness of childhood cancer. 
To help spread awareness throughout Boston, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge and TD Garden will be lit in gold for the first week of September.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, at 9:30AM
WHERE: Eagle Room, City Hall, 5th Floor, Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Agostinelli Family

Chief of Health and Human Services Felix Arroyo

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