With the support of six area communities, a record-setting silent auction, the 2nd annual 5k Fun Run, generous sponsors and more, we are humbled and truly blessed to announce that the Compete for a Cause 2017 campaign raised just over $51,000 in support of childhood cancer research and treatment.
On Saturday, Sept.16, the communities of Haslett, Williamston, Lansing Catholic, Lansing Christian, Mason and Okemos came together to honor those who have been affected by cancer and cheer on their soccer teams at the 6th Annual Compete for a Cause games. Simply an idea six years ago, Compete for a Cause has grown into a Lansing-area event that, with this year’s total, has raised more than $125,000 to help better the lives of children and families in the Lansing area and across the country.
Locally, proceeds have equipped the MSU Pediatric Oncology Clinic with IPads in each patient room, new exam tables, MSU themed pictures, paint, and a “Spartans Will” wall, a gong for patients to ring after completing treatment milestones, bookshelves, a “tree of life” painting, digital frames, stools, and much, much more. Nationally, more than $40,000 has been donated to St. Baldrick’s, the largest provider of grants to fund childhood cancer research.
The realities of childhood cancer are daunting. Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. In the U.S., more children die of childhood cancer than any other disease – more than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is solely dedicated to childhood cancer research. And although many adult cancers can be diagnosed early, 80% of children diagnosed have already had their cancer spread to other areas of the body.
Statistics like these inspire us to continue our efforts next year, and for years to come, to raise awareness and the vital funds to help our kids fight this awful disease. Check back often to learn more as we plan for 2018.