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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month





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B101.5, families, caregivers, charities and research group across the US observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  Approximately 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year, about 1/4 will not survive the disease.  Everyday 36 children are diagnosed...that's an entire classroom.

Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region.  It is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15.

Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.  Less than 5% of the Federal Government's total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year.

Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation
The Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation (GOCF) was originally established in 2006 to support the needs of the Oughton Family after Grace was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer.  After Grace’s death in 2007, the mission has undergone a remarkable evolution and the foundation has become a leader in program development in the Greater Fredericksburg Region.

The Oughton Family lived the challenges that a family faces when a child is diagnosed with cancer. They also experienced the death of a child and the impact that such an event can have on all of the members of a family.  With this knowledge, the Oughton Family and the Board of Directors were armed with the information needed to develop infrastructure required to support families fighting pediatric cancer, or recovering from the death of a child.

The Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation’s current and developing programs address clinical, psycho-social, financial, educational, wellness and logistical needs of these families living in Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties.  The foundation is also pursuing legislation that will further ease the burden on families travelling for care.  All programs offered by the Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation are offered at no charge to our clients, so we rely greatly on donations and grants.

Ways You Can Help GOCF
Paint The Town Gold
September 2014
During the month of September, GOCF is asking local businesses to help 'PAINT THE TOWN GOLD' by decorating a wreath & displaying it for the entire month at their business.
Click here for details...


B101.5 Kids Convention 2014
Saturday, September 13   •   Spotsylvania Towne Centre
You can register for the Race for Grace at Kids Convention and learn about all the different programs GOCF offer local/regional families.
Click here for details...


Race for Grace 5K & the Kids Fireman Chase 1-Miler
Sunday, September 14   •   Patriot Park
Click here to register...

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Via Colori Fredericksburg 2014
Sat., Sept 20 & Sun., Sept 21   •   Downtown Fredericksburg (Caroline Street)
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Sources
Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation
American Childhood Cancer Organization
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