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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

A September to Remember

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and a month of continuous action for CURE. There are so many components that our staff, partners, and volunteers stay busy all thirty days. We loved the constant events and activities and watching so many people get involved. You have been a big part of September’s success! We would like to share a little of what you did for children fighting cancer.

CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day at a Time

Each day in September, CURE shared the unique stories of children who have been diagnosed with cancer. At the same time, these brave families fight back, setting a goal to raise at least $1000 to support life-saving pediatric cancer research. This year the families of 129 children shared their stories and raised more than $292,000. Wow! What an impact that will have!

 

 

A Tribute to our Quiet Heroes

The 14th Annual A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes was an amazing, inspiring day. Among the 600 in attendance at this very special luncheon were our honored guests – 250 mothers who have guided their family through the unimaginable journey of childhood cancer. Pediatric oncologist and theology professor, Dr. Ray Barfield shared a keynote message from the unique perspective of a career spent fighting right alongside mothers like our guests in hopes of saving the lives of their children. His compassion and understanding set a special tone for the mothers and guests. The event not only encouraged everyone in the room, it raised its highest total ever: more than $470,000 to further CURE’s mission.

 

29th Golf Classic benefiting CURE

The 29th annual Golf Classic was one for the ages. More than 150 golfers teed off at The Oaks Golf Course in Covington on September 28 for an amazing day. The preliminary total of money raised is $75,000 – all benefiting CURE Childhood Cancer.

 

 

Mailbox Bows

All across the state, mailboxes were adorned with this beautiful gold bow. These mailbox bows created awareness for those passing by and solidarity in the fight against childhood cancer as entire neighborhoods went gold. The bows also raised a lot of money. Those CURE tags and gold bows sat atop 3129 mailboxes and generated more than $78,000!

 

 

 

 

Coins4CURE

Coins4CURE is a very simple coin drive fundraiser. Over the past 3 years, more than $200,000 has been raised for CURE Childhood Cancer! This year, 222 people participated in the coin drive. The coins are still being counted, but we anticipate another great total.

 

 

 

Facebook Fundraisers

Your birthday matters! Literally hundreds of people celebrated their September birthdays by creating a Facebook Fundraiser for CURE. The totals for September blew us away! You raised more than $83,000 for CURE!

 

 

 

September Partners

From burgers to cars, hardware to jewelry, coffee, and cupcakes, our September partners stood with us. They held events, donated a portion of proceeds, shared our stories, and even put us on the radio. Their donations are still rolling in, but the benefit of having so many friends in our community is invaluable. Thank you to old friends and new ones who joined us last month.

 

Gold Out Games 

Dozens of games across the state carried a Gold Out message. Many of them also raised money for the fight and all of them raised much-needed awareness of the issues surrounding childhood cancer.

 

 

 

 

September proves that our message is getting out into the community. Whatever part you played, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Whether you think your role was big or small, it is vital to us. These funds raised literally enable us to provide tangible support to patients and families and fund innovative research. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

Awareness Rocks

When Andy Boone had find an organization to support to complete the requirements for his citizenship in the community merit badge, the decision wasn’t difficult. After watching his older sister, Abby, fight leukemia, he knew that CURE Childhood Cancer was the choice.

Although he was only six years-old when she was diagnosed, Andy remembers some specific things from her time in treatment. He vividly recalls rushing to get food with his father so that she would have it when her sedation was finished. He also remembers spending the night in the hospital with her and the coconut water she needed for recovery. And he is very glad to report that she is doing well now.

But Andy and his family didn’t leave cancer in the rearview mirror. They actively work with CURE to raise money for research and support other families who are going through treatment. This work has given Andy a keen awareness of the issues related to childhood cancer and its lack of funding.

With those issues in mind, Andy set out to accomplish the tasks necessary to get his badge. This involved eight hours of volunteer work. He has volunteered at the CURE Holiday Party and plans to do so again, but that only fulfilled half of the requirement. So he began to brainstorm about how he could do something to create awareness for childhood cancer. That’s when he landed on awareness rocks.

Since gold is the chosen color of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, he gathered rocks and painted them bright gold. Then he spent an hour researching facts related to childhood cancer so that he could paint those facts on the rocks with the intention of placing them in obvious places where they could be seen by others. His hope was that those people who saw the rocks would take the time to read them and learn the things his family discovered during Abby’s treatment.

Many things he found surprised him. But the fact that stood out the most to Andy was, “Every day 46 kids are diagnosed with cancer.”

When the paint dried, he took all of the rocks and put them near the boat launch at Lake Hartwell because it is such a well-travelled area during the summer. He and his friend hung around the area and just happened to hear some people talking about the rocks and what was written on them. Obviously, his plan to share the facts worked!

Andy wrote up details about his project and submitted it to his troop last Saturday. After he completes his service he will be able to claim his merit badge. Most importantly, with every rock that is read, his project is creating awareness for children fighting cancer.