The Neon Night Fun Run Committee is gearing up for what will be its biggest year yet, but that can’t happen without your help. Committee Chair and Canadian Cancer Society Community Fundraising Specialist, Christina Thompson, explains that “with nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime”, we need to band together and make a diff erence. Neon Night is a 2K/5K fun run that takes place at night with participants wearing their best neon gear and enjoying all of the pre-party fun.
Now in its 6th year, the Run has managed to raise more than $352,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. However, the Run does require volunteers to help make it possible. The committee is looking for a few more volunteers ready to help plan this year’s event in Kemptville, which will happen Saturday, September 21. Some of the main roles still vacant are in Registration, Social Media and Sponsorship.
Christina says “most people have been, or will be, affected by cancer in some way. Perhaps you know someone who is living with the disease, or maybe you’ve made a donation to support cancer research. You could be caring for a loved one with cancer, or perhaps you’ve received a diagnosis yourself. This is an opportunity to help take the fight against childhood cancer specifically.”
More than 950 children in Canada will be diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. While survival rates continue to climb with research partly funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The Canadian Cancer Society funds ground breaking research into more than 100 types of cancer and offers trusted information, programs and services that help people with cancer and their families when they’re unsure or anxious. The Society also advocates to governments to drive important social change and funding for cancer related issues.
If you would like more information on joining the committee, registering for the event, or becoming a sponsor, please contact Christina Thompson at [email protected] or at 613-723-1744 ext 3620.