Be Bold, Wear Gold
by Rachel Skytta, Reporter
August 22, 2013 5:38 PM
Be Bold Wear Gold. It's a simple message. A message that is uniting families in the fight against childhood cancer, and raising awareness about its devastating effects.
"September is childhood cancer awareness month, so we're getting a little bit of an early start today letting people know some of the things we have planned for September," said Project Director, Amy Sumner.
Kids and their families who are fighting cancer gathered Thursday to kick off the campaign. The Haugen's daughter, Olivia, has been battling the disease for more than two years.
"We found out Olivia had leukemia when we brought her to the pediatrician for a stomach ache," said her mother, Joy Haugen.
"October thirtieth will be her last chemo treatment in the castle. November eighth will be the last chemo pills she'll take at home, and then hopefully she'll be cancer free forever."
Olivia says she wants to make sure other kids don't have to go through what she has. And organizers say they want to give children a voice, because no child should have to be alone in their fight.
"Families really are saddened by the fact that a lot of times September comes and goes, and there's not a lot of awareness about the gold ribbon and about childhood cancer," said Sumner.
"We think this is a great opportunity to change that."
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. Local businesses, organizations, and schools will be coordinating fundraisers and events for the campaign throughout September.