Ottawa - A peace ceremony is being held for Peace River First Nation on Monday evening.It's the first time this year that the community has had a public celebration for the river.The First Nation and the Ottawa District School Board have agreed to hold the event to mark the end of school for a special day for the people.The event is being hosted by the Ottawa-Carleton School Board.The ceremony is ...
Children with Down syndrome who are at the forefront of the fight against cancer and a host of other diseases have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The award for children with Down’s syndrome is a milestone in the fight to prevent and treat the disease.
The group includes 10-year-old Mariana Gonzalez and her two brothers, Jose Antonio and Carlos, who are the youngest of the group to win the prize.
They have a rare genetic disease called the B-cell leukemia that attacks their immune system.
The family is hoping to cure Mariana of the disease, but the challenge of finding the right drugs is a struggle.
The family is now focusing on raising awareness and spreading the word about the disease.
“We need to keep the pressure on,” said Mariana’s mother, Maria.
“If we keep doing this we’ll be able to bring Mariana home, because it’s a miracle.”
Mariana’s brother Jose, who is 11, is a special needs student at a high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
He has cerebral palsy and is also battling the disease and has had surgeries on his brain.
“I feel like my mom is fighting this,” said Jose.
“I feel that she is fighting for the little ones and that is what she does.”
The award is being presented in Oslo on Friday.
The Nobel Peace Laureates are not allowed to accept the award in any country.
The children have won three other prizes for their efforts in preventing childhood diseases, such as the Nobel Prize for Peace.
The prize for the first time was given to four young people, including two women and one boy.
The award for the second prize is being given to two girls and one man.