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New run, family festival takes on childhood cancer

Fundraiser set for Labor Day

POSTED: August 27, 2013 12:30 a.m.
 

A first-time family festival and run on Labor Day will give the community an opportunity to show support for children with cancer and their families.

The Kicking Childhood Cancer 5K/1K and Family Festival will take place at Fowler Park on Sept. 2, the start of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The event will benefit the programs offered through Because God Said, a nonprofit that helps local families who have a child battling cancer.

Kellee Christian, founder of the organization, said she wanted to hold an event during awareness month that would be fun and offer support.

“That day will be to show that we care, especially as a community here in Forsyth County,” Christian said. “We care about our neighbors and what they’re having to endure on a daily basis with a child fighting cancer.”

The event’s name comes from the Horsey HouseCalls program, which brings a horse to the home of a child with cancer.

Christian said the horses will be at the Labor Day event, including the miniature NED, whose name stands for No Evidence of Disease.

The festival will also have activities for kids, vendors, food and more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 5K, which will begin at 8 a.m., is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier that will take runners and walkers along the Big Creek Greenway.

Afterward, a 1K fun run for children 12 and younger will begin at 9 a.m. The families that Because God Said works with will probably be unable to attend, Christian said, but she hopes the day will be a fun event to honor those people.

Christian, a Forsyth County mother, started the organization after her friend’s young daughter had been diagnosed with cancer.

She hopes that this event will allow for creation of a bereavement fund to assist families who have “to deal with the unthinkable.”

 

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