Off to Parliament Hill!

August 29, 2013

We will be off to Ottawa on September 8th as we were invited to speak by the two oncology Mom’s (Kari and Jenny) from the area who are coordinating this great event. It will be a great way to let the Government of Canada know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and these kids need recognition from government and all of Canada! Thank you Kari and Jenny for the opportunity to support your event! If you are in the area please plan on attending and show your support for all children touched by Childhood cancer.

While we are in Ottawa, on the 9th the Gold Ribbon Campaign is being honoured at the Canadian Blood Services “Honouring our Lifeblood” event. The event recognizes donors, volunteers, peer recruiters, partners, and sponsors from across Canada who provide a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Canadians who need blood, stem cells or organs and tissues. We have yet to hear back from Canada Post (IMAGINE THAT!) as far as a face to face with them about Stephanie’s Gold Ribbon Stamp. We hope to hear back before we leave! In the meantime don’t forget to go to click link; *GO GOLD CANADA POST* and like it and share it to show your support! 

 

  Light Parliament Hill “Gold” on September 8, 2013

              A Call to Action and Awareness:  Childhood Cancer Awareness Rally

 

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Ottawa, Ontario, August 28, 2013: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the gold ribbon represents this awareness.  On September 8 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, with approval and permission from the Government of Canada, local oncology families are holding a Childhood Cancer Awareness Rally on Parliament Hill. This event is inspired by the many children who are fighting and dying from cancer in Canada: children like local Phoebe Rose Doull-Hoffman and Bryce Jude, two of CTV’s featured “amazing people” for 2013. Bryce lost his 3 year battle with cancer in September of 2012, and 3-year- old Phoebe continues to fight cancer after multiple relapses and travel to the US for treatment.

The Childhood Cancer Awareness Rally is a chance for the public to gather to show their support for the 10,000 Canadian children who are currently fighting cancer, to celebrate the survivors, and to honour those who have lost their lives to this deadly disease. In addition to guest speakers from prominent children’s cancer organizations, including the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, Candlelighters, The Gold Ribbon Campaign and the CHEO Research Institute, there will be fun for the whole family with face painting, Molly Penny (CHEO’s therapeutic clown), Rock The Arts Puppets, Monkey Rock Music, Crafts, and a GOLD lighting ceremony at dusk.

The Ottawa Rally takes place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm on The Hill following in the footsteps of other “Gold” rally events at the CN Tower and Niagara Falls.

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About Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer remains the leading cause of disease related death for Canadian Children, yet it receives very little funding and awareness. Through the Canadian Institute for Health Research, the Canadian government has dedicated just 3.13% towards the research of paediatric cancer in the past 6 years. Very few advancements have been made in the treatment of childhood cancers in the past thirty years and only two new drugs have been approved for use in its treatment by the FDA and Health Canada during this time. Two thirds of childhood cancer survivors experience life threatening side effects as a result of treatment. This event aims to increase awareness for childhood cancer with the hope that greater awareness will bring increased funding for research and ultimately, better treatments and a cure.

Media Contact:

Kita Szpak, KS Communications, kita@sympatico.ca, #613-725-3063

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Our Partners for Life launch on Wednesday August 28th was a great success! We exceeded expectations and kept “the blood flowing” long after the clinic should have been closed. I know we can meet our goal of 1700 donations during Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Just roll up those sleeves! Below is an article from the Walkerton Herald-Times where Loretta Nuttall is hosting a clinic as a GRC Ambassador Family. Click this LINK to get a sneak preview of next week’s Londoner newspaper.

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More great news for the Gold Ribbon Campaign as we raise awareness for Childhood Cancer! We have confirmation from Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium that they will light the stadium in GOLD on September 21st to coincide with our CN Tower event! Part of their reply stated;  “BC Place would be most proud to support your Gold Ribbon of Hope initiative, and will light up Gold on September 21.”  Thank you BC Place for lighting up for thousands of children across Canada and setting a precedent for other landmarks and building in this country to follow suit. If you’re not familiar with BC Place Stadium just do a quick google search. It will look beautiful lit in GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness!

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We are just a family of five people, one of us being a survivor of a brutal battle with Childhood Cancer. We do what we can with what we have, we are passionate about what we do, we don’t do it for recognition or accolades. We do it in support of Stephanie our daughter and baby sister and her vision to make people aware. The courage, strength and determination that helped her win her fight inspires us every day. Stephanie promised a friend who lost her battle just a little over six years ago that as long as she lived, she would raise hell down here on earth if  her friend Emilie would do her part from heaven. That very moment was the birth of the Gold Ribbon Campaign. We appreciate your support and with it we will continue to “raise hell” until this world is GOLD!

Dean Renee, Nancy, Pie and Stephanie

 

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