Childhood cancer awareness event this Sunday

Childhood cancer awareness event this Sunday

A gold ribbon stands for Childhood Cancer Awareness, and last week, Eatonton Mayor Walter Rocker proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Month in Eatonton.

Staci Smith reflects on her nephew who was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer two years ago.

 “People just were drawn to him. He was a special kind of kid,” said Smith.

Smith says that once people find out how much money goes into childhood cancer, they'll be shocked.

“Our National Cancer Institute gives 96 percent of their research fund to adult cancers and only four percent to childhood cancer,” said Smith.

After Ethen died of cancer, his family named a foundation in honor of him. They also created an event bright enough to match that gold ribbon. You can find it on their Facebook here.

“We're here to create awareness for the lack of funding for childhood cancer research,” said Smith.

This Sunday, The Ethen Richardson Foundation will try to break the World Guinness Record for largest picture mosaic.

They'll need 4,201 people to help them beat it.

With the help of the community, they'll create a large gold ribbon on a football field.

“Participants inside this gold ribbon will hold up gold cards of paper, and in the negative space inside and around, they will be given black cards,” said Smith.

The event will start this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Putnam County Middle School, at 140 Sparta Highway Eatonton, Ga.

Parking for this event will be located at the following:

- Putnam High School

-Putnam County Health Department/ Admin Building

-Central Georgia Technical College

- Gatewood Schools

- Putnam Primary School

- Legacy Homes

- Eatonton Elks Lodge

- Ocean Link

Buses will pick people up from each location every 15 minutes.


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