Hearing the words, “Your child has cancer”, will change your life forever. That’s why it’s so important to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Neon Night Kemptville is coming up on Saturday, September 21. It’s a fun 2k or 5k walk/run with all proceeds going towards childhood cancer research. In fact, it’s the biggest fundraiser for childhood cancer research in Eastern Ontario.
“It’s not just about finding a cure, but about minimizing side effects, both short term and long term.” says Christina Thompson, a Canadian Cancer Society Fundraising Specialist and this year’s chair of the Neon Night event. Christina says, “the Canadian Cancer Society uses the money from events like this to fund the most promising research projects that have the best chance of success. Some projects focus on pain management, others look at lowering side effects and others look at diagnosis tools to find the cancer earlier. It’s about improving the quality of life of the children that are going through cancer treatments and increasing their chance of survival.”
Neon Night Kemptville is also an event to recognize the many youngsters in our area who have been affected by cancer. More than a dozen childhood cancer warriors are expected to hit the stage before the run at 7:30 pm and participate in a knighting ceremony with Canadian Olympic Athletes. The moment has always been a very emotional one for their parents as well as the whole crowd at the event.
Local radio host, Drew Hosick, is celebrating this year as his daughter, Abigail, age 9, just rang the bell to signify the end of her treatment in June. As a parent of a child who has been through cancer, he shares that, “It’s extremely scary at first to hear your child has cancer. It’s hard to deal with the anxiety, fear, stress and possible depression it can bring. But there is help out there. You can reach out to the cancer help line at the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) to hear about support programs available to families dealing with a diagnosis.”
When asked about why he participates with his team at Neon Night, “You never think it will happen to your family… I’ve been through the realities of cancer treatment with Abby, and found myself wishing that her cancer could’ve been found sooner, or that the drugs had less of an impact on our daily life. It’s been a hard road for us, and will continue to be a part of our lives, but I want to do everything I can to help other families who hear those words today and in the future….”
Last year more than 1,100 people registered for Neon and it’s not too late to sign up for the 6th annual event. Go to cancer.ca/neonnightkemptville and register as an individual or a team today!