September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Fort Bend ISD joins the nation in supporting children and young adults affected with pediatric cancer, while spreading awareness of early warning signs of the disease and available support services.
Throughout the month, residents will notice gold ribbons placed throughout the community as a reminder that children are more precious than gold.
According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 70,000 young people (ages 15-39) are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. – accounting for nearly 5 percent of cancer diagnoses. Additionally, an estimated 10,270 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among children from birth to 14 years in the United States in 2017.
To help spread awareness of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, FBISD will take part in the following “Turn It Gold” events:
Childhood Cancer Awareness Week
Throughout the week, FBISD schools will help spread awareness of pediatric cancer by taking part in various activities. Students and staff will take part in the following activities: presentations of bravery medals to children battling cancer, morning announcements regarding pediatric cancer facts, Pajama Day (the dress of choice for pediatric patients), Coins for Cancer and Brave the Shave fundraisers, Chalk the Walk (where students write messages of bravery and hope on school sidewalks), Turn It Gold pep rallies and door decorating contests, and other activities to support the cause.
Turn it Gold Day
Fort Bend ISD students, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to wear gold attire on Thursday, Sept. 28, to celebrate, honor and remember those who have battled pediatric cancer.
Light the Night Walk
Fort Bend ISD is forming a team to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk,” which will take place on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Minute Maid Park (501 Crawford Street, Houston). Support from the event will help find cures and ensure access to the best available treatments for all blood cancer patients.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has chosen Austin High School student, Justin Stout, as one of the “2017 Light the Night Heroes” for the event at Minute Maid Park.
Diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia as a seventh-grade student, Justin is a shining example of perseverance. Community members can sign up to walk with Justin by joining the “FBISDTurnItGold” team, led by Captain Lori Sartain. People can also support children battling cancer by making donations to Turn it Gold.
Share events on social media
Show everyone how you are observing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by sharing your photos, messages and activities on social media using hashtag, #FBISDTurnItGold.