by Christina Thompson

Hearing the words, “you have cancer”, can change everything. But it doesn’t have to define who you are. Because life is bigger than your diagnosis. Bigger than chemo. The surgeries. And the scars. Life is not about what you have. It’s about what you do and who you’re with. Because life doesn’t have to stop when you have cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society believes that life is bigger than cancer.

Every day in the work done by CCS across the country, Canadians living with cancer see beyond their diagnosis and continue to live their lives with love, joy and hope.

The Neon Night Fun Run in Kemptville showcases local love and hope by honouring the childhood cancer warriors who are currently going through treatment. The event has managed to raise over $350 thousand dollars in the past five years including $102,000 last year during its fifth anniversary. All that money is used to help fund childhood cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Society.

The event returns to Riverside Park on Saturday, September 21, with the Registration – Pre-party kickoff at 5:30pm followed by our opening ceremonies at 7pm. Last year, over 1,100 people registered in the fun, non-competitive event, participating in either the 2K or 5K run.

One child with cancer is one too many. Every year, about 950 children under 15 are diagnosed with cancer in Canada. Neon Night is large contributor to Canada’s best childhood cancer research. The event is an opportunity for our community to rally together to support childhood cancer research and celebrate childhood cancer warriors with an inspirational knighting ceremony.

Veronique Chiasson knows all about living with a diagnosis of childhood cancer. Her daughter was diagnosed with a Papillary (brain) Tumour of the Pineal Region at age 10. Veronique says “most research is done on adult cancers, not childhood cancers. However, research has shown that paediatric cancers do not react the same way as adult cancers do. We need more evidence of effectiveness of intervention that could potentially prevent later effects such as cognitive difficulties, growth hormone deficiency, reproductive system failure, etc. The research into childhood cancer through the Canadian Cancer Society is an investment in the future.” Veronique’s daughter is now 18-years-old.

Progress continues to be made in childhood cancer research, but it remains the number one cause of disease-related deaths in children. Sign up for Neon Night and you can do your part to help.

Registration for Neon Night is now open at a pre-event price of $40 adult, $10 for children aged fifteen and younger. There is also a $90 family registration fee which covers two adults and up to three kids. By registering early, your t-shirt size is guaranteed. Event day registration is $50.

There are many ways to get involved. You can sign up at www.cancer.ca/neonnightkemptville, invite a friend to come with you and also join our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/neonnightkemptville .

Neon Night planning committee is looking for volunteers to help on event day. Volunteers are essential to the success of this event, and we need people to assist on the route and with various activities. If you are interested, please email Christina Thompson at cthompson@ontario.cancer.ca, or call 613-723-1744 ext 3620. For more information, or to find out about Sponsoring Neon Night , please contact: Christina Thompson, 613-723-1744 X3620, cthompson@ontario.cancer.ca.

Your support is bigger than cancer.

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