September 12, 2016 – September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, about 950 children under 15 are diagnosed with cancer in Canada.
At the Canadian Cancer Society, we believe that one child with cancer is one too many. In addition to raising awareness, we are investing heavily in Canada’s best childhood cancer research, as well as providing families with vital support programs so they do not have to face cancer alone.
This September, we ask you to help us continue our work, so one day no child will have to face cancer. Register as an individual or Team for Neon Night Kemptville-a fun 2k/5k run/walk supporting Childhood Cancer Research & family transportation services. The event is taking place on Saturday, September 24 with pre-event starting at 5:30pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. You can find more information and register for the event by visiting cancer.ca/neonnightkemptville
Are you a Childhood Cancer Survivor? Do you know someone in the area who is? Or perhaps a child who is battling now? Aside from fundraising, an important part of Neon Night is to honour those children who have battled cancer in the past or are living with it now. There will be a special childhood survivor Knighting Ceremony where survivors are paired with “heroes”, Olympic athletes and hopefuls who have come out to support them. There is no registration fee for child survivors, as well as up to two parents and a sibling.
The Canadian Cancer Society is the largest national charitable funder of childhood cancer research in Canada, and have invested $47 million in childhood cancer research over the last 15 years. And we have seen progress as a result of these investments. Each year, we also help hundreds of families with kids with cancer across Ontario get to their cancer-related appointments through our transportation program.
While progress has been made we know that there is still more work to be done because childhood cancer is still the No.1 cause of disease-related death in Canadian children.
Volunteering at Neon Night
Neon Night planning committee is looking for volunteers to help on event day. Volunteers are essential to the success of this event, and we need people to assist on the route, registration and entertainment/activities. Those interested please email [email protected] or call 1-866-877-0309 or 613-384-2361.