September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and Grambling’s Sports Radio Network is partnering with Go 4 the Goal to provide awareness and funding for pediatric cancer.
At many home and away sporting events, whether it is football, volleyball or soccer, Sports Radio Network personnel can be seen informing fans about childhood cancer.
“We hope that through this effort more people will support childhood cancer, not just for the month of September because it is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but because our children are among those number who need help fighting cancer,” said Santoria Black, director of the Sports Radio Network.
The network is attempting to raise $1,000 dollars by the end of the month. The goal is in sight with $850 raised so far.
To aid in reaching its goal, the Sports Radio Network hosted a flapjack fundraiser breakfast at Applebee’s in Ruston on Saturday and raised almost $150.
Participating in Go 4 the Go has given GSU the distinction of being the first HBCU, as well as the first school in the SWAC, to be a part of the Go 4 the Goal initiative.
Students and faculty can support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by donating to the cause, visiting Go 4 the Goal’s Twitter and Facebook pages and by wearing the color gold today for National Dress for Pediatric Cancer Day.
“Through this initiative other SWAC schools and HBCUs can look at this program and see what it is all about,” Black said. “And they can get into the effort of raising dollars to help with childhood cancer research to bring awareness and to help children have a future.”
Statistics show that pediatric cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. Go4theGoal.org notes that only 4 percent of federal cancer research funding is directed toward childhood cancer research and that cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and pediatric AIDS combined.
Go 4 the Goal is a nonprofit organization with one major goal: to cure pediatric cancer.
It provides support to families and hospitals across the country by providing family financial assistance, innovative hospital programs, research grants, and special wishes.