MD Anderson Shines Spotlight On Childhood Cancers

September activities to educate and celebrate survivorship during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Style Magazine Newswire | 8/31/2016, 4:11 p.m.
To recognize September’s designation as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital will join ...
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Houston ­– To recognize September’s designation as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital will join with local organizations to host a month-long series of activities and events for patients, families and staff in its annual Be Bold, Go Gold celebration.

The Be Bold, Go Gold celebration gets underway with the Stripes® Stores Party Palooza, a carnival-themed event for patients and their families hosted by Stripes® Stores. Other events throughout the month are aimed at educating, celebrating survivorship and increasing awareness of cancers that affect children, adolescents and young adults.

More than 15,000 children and adolescents between the ages of 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States, annually, and childhood cancers are the second leading cause of death in children. Approximately 2,000 children and adolescents are treated at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital each year, and these patients, along with their families, have access to a number of programs and activities that help them cope during treatment.

“Patients, families and supporters enjoy special events at the hospital, especially in September. These events allow them to take a break from their cancer diagnosis and just be kids,” said Lauren Shinn, program manager at MD Anderson. “The campaign increases awareness and brings together different organizations, internal departments and foundations that support the fight against childhood cancers.”

Be Bold, Go Gold Highlighted Events:

Sept.1
Stripes® Stores Party Palooza

The fun-filled event will feature a DJ, dancing, activities, games and prizes.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

MD Anderson, The Park, 1515 Holcombe Blvd.

Sept. 7
Kendra Scott National Giveback Day

Kendra Scott will donate 20 percent of sales from purchases made on its National Giveback Day to programs at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. There will be a special pop-up shop at the hospital just for patients, families and employees to participate from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Shop at Kendra Scott’s 47 stores nationwide and online at www.kendrascott.com

Sept. 12
Pots of Gold Event

Attendees will create keepsake gold ribbon pins, observe pottery-making demonstrations and have an opportunity to take home a miniature gold pot created by patients, families, staff and caregivers. 1- 4 p.m.

MD Anderson, The Park, 1515 Holcombe Blvd.

Sept. 20
“Until 20” screening and panel discussion

A screening of a powerful film that celebrates the life and passions of James Ragan, diagnosed with osteosarcoma as a teen. A gifted student athlete at Rice University, James shares the determination, support, hope and friendship that saw him through years of treatment at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. 6 - 8:30 p.m.

TMCx Texas Medical Center Accelerator, 2450 Holcombe Blvd.

Sept. 27
Hyundai Hope on Wheels Handprint Ceremony

In a special ceremony, Hyundai Scholar Nancy Gordon, M.D., will be awarded $250,000 to support her work in pediatric research. Handprints from Children’s Cancer Hospital and Children’s Art Project patients will be imprinted on the Hyundai vehicle. 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Mays Clinic, 1220 Holcombe Blvd. (outside near west lobby valet)





Media interested in covering any of the activities or speaking with patients and faculty should contact Katrina Burton at kburton@mdanderson.org or 281-804-2148.

About MD Anderson

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. MD Anderson is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is ranked No. 1 for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. It has ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals since the survey began in 1990, and has ranked first for nine of the past 10 years. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).