Kemptville – The 4th annual Neon Night for Childhood Cancer held on Saturday night in Kemptville had a record breaking year this year, on one of the hottest days in September raising a total of $80,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society to help fund research into childhood cancer.
The event saw a record breaking 790 participants come out to walk, or run either 2km or 5km routes through-out Kemptville.
Codi Jeffreys from the Jewel 98.5 FM morning show and Carrie Smith from the presenting sponsor, Kemptville Physiotherapy, kicked off the evening celebration.
Childhood cancer warriors, were knighted again this year during the opening ceremony. In honour of their battle, Canadian Olympic & Olympic hopeful athletes knighted child warriors who are currently going through treatment or have completed their last treatment.
“This is such a powerful event,” remarked Christina Thompson, Fundraising Specialist for the Canadian Cancer Society. “This community truly bands together for the kids and it is really making an impact. People may not realize that there can be long-term side effects that can last for decades. Every child with cancer deserves the best care and our researchers are working hard to improve the treatments they need.”
Thompson congratulated the local organizing committee who pulled together a fantastic event and who truly deserve the credit for this past weekend’s success.
In four years, the event has raised over $250,000, and they will continue to hold the event year after year to fund more research.
“Words cannot express the gratitude for the huge turnout and support for this event” remarked Brenda Burich, Event Chair Neon Night for Childhood Cancer. “We truly have one of the most generous communities, who are willing to get decked out in Neon and make the night bright for our Warriors.”
Fundraising events like Neon Night help fund the continuing development of more effective childhood cancer treatments. In 2016, CCS invested $4.4M in childhood cancer research (representing 11% of the total research investment). In addition, about 40% of research investment, funded research into multiple or all cancer types, which can also have an impact on childhood cancers. CCS-funded researchers are actively searching for new ways to detect, diagnose and treat childhood cancers, as well as reduce long-term side effects faced by many as a result of their treatments.