September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Symbolized by a gold ribbon, thousands of children and their families are acknowledged who are dealing with cancer diagnosis.
Cancer remains the #1 cause of death by disease for children in America and according to the CDC approximately 15,000 U.S. children and adolescents under the age of 20 will receive a cancer diagnosis; leukemia, brain tumors, and lymphoma are the most common types of cancers that affect this age group.
The American Childhood Cancer Organization states that approximately 1 and 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20 their birthday.
Globally there are more than 300,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year. 20 percent of children with cancer in the U.S. will not survive it according to the organization and every three minutes a family hears devastating words that their child has been diagnosed with cancer.
In order to raise awareness about the reality of childhood cancer many
organizations across the world raise funds with a goal to increase awareness and research.
The Brooklyn Project Foundation conducts pediatric cancer awareness and research funding events. It is also a memorial to Asher Ray (The Bit) and her fight against Ewing’s Sarcoma.
For five and a half years, The Bit fought with all her might this
second most prevalent form of pediatric bone cancer. After a hard-
fought battle, Asher died in January 2018.
This 501(c) (3) organization hosts events and fundraisers to support the Arkansas Children’s Innovative Therapies Program which conducts childhood research and clinical trials allowing pediatric cancer patients to stay in-state during their most vulnerable time.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s fundraising will raise money and awareness by staying physically active while being socially distanced.
Participants will be able to choose their level of participation and their activities. Goals and activities will be posted on social media using the hash tag bpfseptemberchallenge2020.
Your activities can also be dedicated in honor or memory of a loved one.
“During Childhood Cancer Awareness month, challenge yourself and your friends to complete physical activities such as walking, running, biking, hiking, swimming, yoga, etc.,” said Susan Ray, mom of Asher.
The challenge will run, beginning September 1 – 30. Participants can sign up
anytime during the month of September with winners announced in October.
There are five levels of participation:
Level 1 – Donate any amount. This level is for people who want to donate but don’t necessarily want to participate in physical activities or do not want to commit to a certain number of activities.
Level 2 – Cure Searcher – Choose any 5 measurable physical activities. $25
Level 3- Fighter – Choose any 10 measurable physical activities. $35
Level 4 – Warrior- Choose any 20 measurable physical activities. $45
Level 5 – Super Hero – Choose 25+ measurable activities. $100
To sign up go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C4EACAC28ABF49-
For more information Contact Susan Adamson-Ray at 501.351.1784 or email is at [email protected] or follow us on Facebook at The Brooklyn Project or Instagram at Brooklyn Project Foundation.