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Vestavia family recognized for helping others impacted by childhood cancer

The family of six-year-old Anderson Thrower was honored today by the Jefferson County commission for their efforts to help other families impacted by childhood cancer. Source: WBRC video The family of six-year-old Anderson Thrower was honored today by the Jefferson County commission for their efforts to help other families impacted by childhood cancer. Source: WBRC video
Commission President David Carrington reads a proclamation for the Thrower family in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Source: WBRC video Commission President David Carrington reads a proclamation for the Thrower family in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Jefferson County Commission recognized a Vestavia Hills family for their efforts to help other families dealing with the disease.

The commission gave six-year-old Anderson Thrower's family a proclamation for the month. Anderson was diagnosed with cancer back in 2009 but now he is remission.

His father started aTeam Ministries as support group for families dealing with childhood cancer.

"Emotional needs, financial needs, spiritual needs that families have. So everything that we do as a ministry tries to focus on one of of those needs," Andy Thrower said.

According to the proclamation, 130 children were diagnosed with childhood cancer at Children's of Alabama hospital in 2012. Across the U.S., 12,000 children under age 15 are diagnosed with cancer each year. The cure rate for young cancer patients is 80 percent.

You can learn more about aTeam Ministries at their website, www.ateamministries.org.

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