This year brought in the Haslett and Williamston communities through satellite games, a Mason volleyball invitational, a Mason home football game against DeWitt, and our first annual 5k. Capping the week’s activities was a truly amazing evening of Okemos vs. Mason soccer with an estimated crowd of 2,000. Over 1,000 t-shirts were sold, filling the stadium with gold ribbon awareness and in the weeks since we’ve spotted them throughout our communities, continuing to spread our message.
Along with your donation, we were able to raise $37,000 to support the fight against childhood cancer! St. Baldrick’s Foundation (nationally) and the MSU Pediatric Oncology Clinic (locally) will receive the proceeds from this year’s events.
Childhood cancer statistics are startling:
- Before the age of 20, approximately 1 of every 285 children in the United States will have cancer.
- Curing childhood cancer is the equivalent of curing breast cancer in terms of productive life years saved.
- Only 4% of U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research.
- More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will develop chronic health problems.
Unfortunately with statistics like these, it is inevitable that more children in our community will be affected by cancer. Your support will help these children, the families of these children, as well as fund research to improve treatments and cures.
Our communities have come together and shown us tremendous support, inspiring Compete for a Cause to continue our efforts next year, and for years to come, to raise awareness and the vital funds to help our kids and our communities fight this awful disease.
The Compete for a Cause Planning Committee
Donna D’Angelo, Lisa Dippel, Pamela Duren & Kevin Gunns