September is “Cancer Awareness Month” for fall sports in the Georgia High School Association to increase attention and help fight all types of this dreaded disease. Teams may wear colored jerseys, socks, wristbands, and/or headbands during a home game to show support for their chosen fundraiser. For instance, in observance of Breast Cancer (Pink), Childhood Cancer (Gold) and Prostate Cancer (Blue) at hosted events during the September schedule. January (winter) and April (spring) are also “cancer awareness” months later in the scholastic season.
Thank you to everyone in advance for your enthusiasm and action to fight back against cancer. Here are some groups that can support your much appreciated efforts:
American Cancer Society: If your school or team wants to get involved by raising funds for a specific type of cancer, participate in your local breast cancer walk or Relay For Life, host a Coaches Versus Cancer game, join Schools Versus Cancer, or join the fight against ALL cancers in any way, please email Jessica.Hong@cancer.org. If you have already raised funds and wish to donate to the American Cancer Society, please email Jessica and she can notify you where to mail your check or donate online. Read more.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Leukemia affects more children than any other cancer, so, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series program provides a meaningful way for kids to help kids to support the mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Registering is fast and easy at https://www.studentseries.org/school-registration Teachers, parents and school administrators may also call their local LLS chapter for more information. Read announcement. Contact your local chapter contact, Rachel Newcomer, at (404) 720-7804.
Rally Foundation Against Childhood Cancer: Rally Foundation United Against Childhood Cancer Teams Up with GHSA to #Goldstrong for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September. Each school day in America, 46 kids are diagnosed with cancer, the leading disease killer of children in America ages 1 to 19, yet less than 4% of federal cancer research funding is allocated to childhood cancers. Read announcement. View flyer. Learn more at RallyFoundation.org. Contact Adam@RallyFoundation.org
Blue Week For Prostate Cancer: September 17-22 is fifth annual “Blue Week” for Prostate Cancer in the sport of Football only to alert men about “Know Your Score” with regular prostate testing checkups. Special blue decals and blue wristbands can be worn this week, and the officials will have blue penalty flags to throw. Host schools can stencil blue ribbons on the playing field for this special contest. More info TBA.
Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition: The Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund is a non-profit education and advocacy organization founded by breast cancer survivors. We exist to focus the attention of Georgians on the epidemic proportions of breast cancer. We work diligently to bring together individuals and organizations with a commitment to ending this devastating disease. Since 1994, GABCC has been instrumental in breast cancer education and advocacy work. We remain dedicated to making a difference for the nearly 9,000 Georgians who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. All of the donations, grants and funds that GABCC receives goes directly toward GEORGIA's breast cancer patients. Learn more at gabcc.org.