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Parents of Va. boy with cancer seek special license plate

LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA9) -- Mathias Giordano was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in 2012 and has since endured 29 rounds of chemotherapy, a leg amputation, 14-months of radiation and much more.

The 13-year-old wasn't feeling well enough to interview on camera Monday, but he still cracked a smile talking about what his parents are doing.

Mathias's mother and father, along with his family and close friend, are fighting to get at least 450 license plate applications petitioning for a license plate with a gold ribbon on it. That gold ribbon represents childhood cancer awareness.


"If you were to ask your co-worker or people you know what this stands for, they will either say, 'It's either for Breast Cancer or for the troops.' But it's not. The gold is for pediatric cancer awareness," said Roya Giordano, Mathias's mother.

However, when she went to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to get a license plate with a gold ribbon, she was shocked.

"I was told they didn't have Virginia, the state of Virginia doesn't have this. And I thought that can be true," Roya Giordano said.

Looking online, the state offers more than 200 special plates on its Virginia DMV website, however childhood cancer awareness is not one of them. So Giordano stuck her own gold ribbon sticker on her license plate and began fighting for the real thing. Along with her friend Jay Coakley, Roya Giordano has created flyers and a Facebook page dedicated to the task, which they hope will bring awareness and in turn, research funding. Maybe that research funding can one day help find a cure.

"These families with a child with cancer, they're living every day like it's … it's very difficult," said Coakley, who said this is his way of helping.

"To get this in license plate would mean a lot to us. It would mean that we accomplished something for Mathias, something Mathias always wanted is to help spread awareness for all children," Chris Giordano, Mathias's father said.

They have to present at least 450 applications to the Virginia State Legislature by the end of December in order for the state to consider the request in January.

If you decide you would like to file an application, the family is asking you submit it to them so they can hand-in the needed amount together.

You can contact the family on Facebook.