September is childhood cancer awareness month. As the month comes to an end, we want to take a moment to acknowledge some of the really great organizations we’ve gotten to know on our journey. These organizations make it their business to make every month childhood cancer awareness month!
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The concept is so simple: Do something loud, a little crazy, potentially embarrassing, and for a good cause. Shave your head and people will donate money to children’s cancer! With Saint baldric events across the country it’s easy to find a place to lose your locks and fundraise for a good cause. Laughter and tears abound!
The Truth 365
Storytelling through video is not new in our modern era, however turning the camera on children battling illness is programming people probably wouldn’t ordinarily volunteer to watch. Their stories need to be told. The real beauty is the documentation of these children here, now, today and how they feel and how their stories make us feel.
Light the Night & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
There is power in numbers regardless of whether your intentions are good or bad. Walks and runs benefiting various organizations know this and work hard year-round to involve volunteers and participants in their fundraising plights! The Light the Night Walk of the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society as well as St. Jude’s host runs and walks across the country benefiting Pediatric Cancers.
UI Dance Marathon
Each year The Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon hosts numerous universities across the country in a stillness-strike against pediatric cancer. Of the 300 Dance Marathons across the country, The University of Iowa is the third largest. Participants may not sit, sleep or drink caffeine for 24 hours while they attend the event and raise awareness for pediatric cancer. And yes, there is dancing.