Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is HERE!

september - VOICE Ava_September_croppedIt's here! Follow along with us all month on Facebook and Twitter as we honor and celebrate our brave survivors, recognize childhood cancer champions in Congress, and light our little corner of the world gold for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

And join us as we remember with eternally heavy hearts every child that cancer took from us far too soon.

As childhood cancer advocates, there are a few things in particular we want to highlight as we look at the month ahead -- plus, there are some great ways you can help strengthen our impact over the next 30 days:

  • stepup-6The #StepUp campaign runs all month long and we need YOUR help to make it a success. All interested organizations and individuals are invited to take part in this coordinated community effort to make childhood cancer a national priority. Learn how to #StepUp with us and make our voice stronger. Get started with something easy: Put a #StepUp Twibbon on your social media profile photo!

    Want to do more? Ask your Congressmen to #StepUp & co-sponsor the Childhood Cancer STAR Act. Check to see if your Senators and Representative are already co-sponsors. If so, tell them thank you. If not, send them a tweet or a write a personal message.

  • The 6th Annual Childhood Cancer Summit, hosted by the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, is taking place September 18th. Immediately following the Summit, the Alliance for Childhood Cancer is hosting a Luncheon Reception to honor Congressional champions of the Childhood Cancer STAR Act and to educate other Members and staff on the bill. We are looking forward to attending the Summit & Luncheon to press Members for their support of this important legislation, which contains provisions CCCA has been championing for years.

    Is your child an artist? The Alliance is seeking submissions of artwork from children with cancer or childhood cancer survivors to feature at the Reception. Find out more details and submission guidelines.

  • CUREFEST logoCureFest is a family-friendly Walk and Festival on the National Mall taking place Sunday, September 20th. Festival entertainment will include inspiring dance, poetry, and musical performances, including an appearance by The Plain White T's. The full schedule of events includes educational speakers and a butterfly release tribute. Over 75 childhood cancer foundations, including the Children's Cause, will have exhibit tables at the event.
  • #GoGold: We're excited to see gold t-shirts, gold pins, and gold landmarks bringing childhood cancer to the attention of the general public. Boston's TD Garden and Fenway Park will #GoGold today (9/1) -- don't miss it! Times Square will #GoGold on September 17th, and "A Night of Golden Lights" on September 19th is a candlelight vigil in front of the White House. If you're going gold in some way this month, be sure to use the #GoGold hashtag on social media so we can all follow along.

P.S. - Did you know there's an easy way to see if there's an event happening near you this month? Check out the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer's Event Calendar. If you're hosting an event in your area, add it to this community calendar to spread the word!