The event has managed to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for Childhood Cancer Research over the past four years, including $85 thousand in 2017. The event will once again return to Riverside Park on Saturday September 22nd with the Registration/Pre-party kickoff at 5:30pm followed by our opening ceremonies at 7pm. Last year’s run saw more than 800 participants gather for a fun, non-competitive event, participating in either the 2K or 5K run.
The event is an opportunity for communities to rally together in the fight against childhood cancer, celebrate childhood cancer survivors with our knighting ceremony, and remember those children who have lost their lives to the disease. Every year, about 950 children under 15 are diagnosed with cancer in Canada. One child with cancer is one too many. In addition to investing in Canada’s best childhood cancer research, the Canadian Cancer Society is providing families with vital support programs so they do not have to face cancer alone.
Laurie Gillespie has come face to face with the news that her son, Colin, would have to undergo cancer treatments. She says: “We took Colin to CHEO emergency when he was 11 because he thought he had hurt his leg at camp. Two weeks later we were undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma. Colin endured over two thousand injections, three surgeries countless MRIs, CT and pet scans and two and a half years of chemotherapy. No child should have to suffer this fate; no family should have to be turned upside down by this horrid disease.
Individual and group fundraising initiatives like Neon Night Kemptville are integral in putting a stop to childhood cancer.”
If you or someone you know has a child undergoing treatment or will soon be finished treatment, please register as a Childhood Cancer Warrior & Family. Your child can participate in a ceremony with our featured Canadian Athletes and your family can participate for free. Progress continues to be made in the battle against childhood cancer but it remains the number one cause of disease-related deaths in children. Join our event and help us fight this battle!
Registration for Neon Night is now open at a pre-event price of $40 adult, $10 for children aged fifteen and younger. There is also a $90 family registration fee which covers two adults and up to three kids. By registering early, your t-shirt size is guaranteed. Event day registration is $50.
Together we can change the cancer journey for our youth!
For more information on how you can get involved as an event day volunteer, or to become a sponsor for our event, please contact: Christina Thompson, Community Fundraising Specialist, 613-723-1744 X3620, [email protected] or Brenda Burich, Neon Night Event Co-chair 613.258.9852 [email protected].
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada’s largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888 939-3333 or visit cancer.ca.