Gold Champions Together – Santa Clarita Magazine

A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming at any age, but it is especially devastating when a child is diagnosed. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death in children and adolescents aged 1 to 19 years. Today, 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will not survive.
Thanks to research and funding over the past few decades, however, major advances in treatment have taken place. Currently, 85% of children with cancer survive 5 years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was around 58%. Nothing changes without research. But research costs money.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Two years ago, a fundraising campaign started by Cole Eicher, survivor of childhood brain cancer, was inaugurated. Called Gold Together Champions, its goal is to raise money for the American Cancer Society during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During the 2020 campaign, 286 champions participated nationwide and collectively raised over $300,000. These funds are intended to directly support childhood cancer research, advocacy and patient support dedicated to families dealing with childhood cancer.
The American Cancer Society invites you to become a Gold Together Champion. During the month of September, individuals and groups lead the fight against childhood cancer by wearing gold, raising awareness and raising funds to support families affected by the disease. When you selflessly devote your time and energy to leading the fight against cancer, you become the voice of the American Cancer Society in your community.
Register online at www.ACSEngage.org/GoldTogetherChampionsLA to donate or become a Gold Champions for the Brave Kids of Los Angeles County. Top performers will be recognized on the AEC website and at a national post-campaign impact event in October. You can also be part of a Gold Together team at Santa Clarita Valley Relay For Life next year! With Gold Together, you can give children hope. Join a community of like-minded survivors, volunteers and supporters who believe the future can be free of childhood cancer.
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