As we observed Childhood Cancer Awareness Month throughout the month of September, we were inspired by the power of one community united in mission. We are proud of what we accomplished together, walking arm in arm, drawing attention to a disease that relentlessly threatens our children and families.
A special program to raise a $1,000 a day throughout September called CURE’s Kids Conquer Cancer One Day At A Time focused a spotlight on a child personally affected by childhood cancer. Some of the featured children, or CURE Kids, are in the midst of their fight, some have conquered the disease, and some have died at the hands of the dreaded disease.
“Each day in September, we shared with our community the story of one or two featured children and asked people to honor these brave warriors with their donations,” says Kristin Connor, CURE’s Executive Director. “Our goal at month’s end was to raise $30,000 to put toward the fight to end childhood cancer in our lifetime while also honoring these very special children… one day at a time.”
The results were nothing short of remarkable. More than $170,000.00 was raised as a result of the month-long outreach promotion. Donations will help fund research that will lead to better treatments and cures for pediatric cancers.
Also in September, in an effort to call attention to the urgent need to find a cure for pediatric cancer, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue presented a formal proclamation to CURE’s Kristin Connor and several board members at the Georgia State Capitol. The proclamation supports the work CURE is doing to support cancer research and officially names September National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Georgia.
On September 19, 2009 mothers of children with cancer were honored at the fifth annual “A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes” luncheon, hosted by Chris Glavine and benefiting CURE. The luncheon raised an astonishing $250,000.00. More importantly, it raised the hopes and dreams of each mother there, a hope that childhood cancer will be cured in our lifetime.
Two golf tournaments were held in September to benefit CURE. The first annual Hayley Hunter Golf Classic was held on September 17, 2009 at the Bradshaw Farms Golf Course in Woodstock, GA, raising $16,000 for the Hayley Hunter Research Fund. The 2009 CURE Golf Classic was held September 25th, hosting 144 golfers at the Oaks Course in Covington and raising nearly $30,000 for CURE.
Although the page on the calendar has turned, our efforts on behalf of children with cancer will not diminish. We hope you will continue to join with us in our fight to cure childhood cancer.