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Sign Hill Tree to be Lit in Honor of Juliana Pena and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September 15, 2014

Our iconic Christmas Tree on Sign Hill will be lit this Wednesday honoring our Princess Warrior Juliana Pena during September the City of South San Francisco has reported. Angelique Presidente, a board member with Juliana Journey Foundation tells us it will remain lit for the rest of the month. Juliana’s mother Patricia Watson says  “South San Francisco has never done this for another organization so we are extremely appreciative of this gesture and I know Juliana will enjoy it from the sky.”*

“Juliana LOVED that tree” Patricia explains; “She would stand at the window and just stare at that tree, night after night, and would even fall asleep with all the shades up until it turned off at 12:03 am every night.”

In late August President Obama proclaimed September as National  Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Our own City Council, along with the Cities of Daly City and San Bruno, and the State of California, also made the proclamation at the request of Juliana Journey Foundation.  Local proclamations  were achieved after much work done on the part of the Foundation and with the help of Daly City Mayor David Canepa, South San Francisco City Councilwoman Liza Normandy, San Bruno Councilman Ken Ibarra, and California State Senator Jerry Hill.

Couple hopes to raise childhood cancer awareness: Parents started Juliana’s Journey after daughter’s death
September 15, 2014, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal
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No parent wants to see his or her 2-year-old battle cancer, but Patricia Watson and Jesus Peña took just that experience to create the Juliana’s Journey Foundation to help fight childhood cancer.

From left, Teresa Truttmann, Jesus Peña, Senator Jerry Hill, Patricia Watson, John Truttmann in Senator Hill’s Office at the State Capitol on August 11, 2014.
September Declared Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Under Measure Introduced by Senator Jerry Hill
September 2, 2014, 07:00 AM By Office of Senator Jerry Hill
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Legislation Inspired by the Memory of South San Francisco Toddler’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma

The California Legislature declared September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month under a Senate Concurrent Resolution introduced by Senator Jerry Hill and unanimously approved by the state’s upper house on August 11th, 2014.