Fall Athletes Urged to ‘Lace Up’ for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

Fall Athletes Urged to ‘Lace Up’ for Pediatric Cancer Awareness

- in August 2016, Health

Youth athletes across Northeast Ohio are already training for their fall seasons and Akron Children’s Hospital is ready to launch its third annual “Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer” campaign in conjunction with the Go4TheGoal Foundation.

“September is ‘Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’ and it’s a great time for athletes to get involved with an easy fundraiser to show their support for children in the community who are battling cancer,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hord, director of the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s.

Getting involved is as simple as ordering gold laces for your shoes and designating a game to childhood cancer awareness. Each pair of laces is $5, with $4 benefiting the Showers Center.

This year’s athlete advocate is Jackie Deininger, who was just 12 days away from beginning her freshman year at Walsh Jesuit High School in 2015 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Nearly a year later, Jackie is in remission. She continues to regain her strength and has earned a spot on the Walsh JV volleyball team.

Getting involved is as easy as ordering your team’s gold laces through Go4TheGoal. Just email Nick Kelleher at [email protected]

Designate a game to raising awareness for childhood cancer. Consider donating a portion of ticket or concession sales to the cause.

Challenge other athletes at your school, as well as your team’s rivals, to getting involved.

Post photos of your team wearing their gold laces and spread the word via social media. Use the hashtags #G4Gakronchildrens and #Go4theGoal.

Visit akronchildrens.org for more information about this program.

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