September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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A child with cancer dressed in a mask and yellow cape. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This is an important opportunity to speak with our kids about the disease and how they can help others that may be affected by it. Each year my town (Mount Pleasant) puts on Wildcats Spirit Day – a huge community-wide event with the primary goal of bringing awareness and raising funds to help eradicate childhood cancer. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, September 25, on the campus of Westlake High School.

This is the 7th annual event, and during the day, more than 400 athletes from grades 1-6 will participate in football games while helping to raise funds to fight childhood cancer. In addition, there will be a Fall Festival, DJ, plant and pumpkin sale, food trucks, games, concessions, auction items, raffles, and so much more. All proceeds will be donated to the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation (TLC) for childhood cancer research. 

It’s a great way to spend a crisp fall day, having fun and socializing with the community while supporting an important cause.

In addition, September might be the perfect opportunity to speak with your kids about childhood cancer in a not-so-scary way. 

Hopefully, you can spark a conversation with your kids and perhaps even find a way for them to help donate to the cause. Some ideas could be hosting a lemonade stand, book and toy drives, or even donating a portion of their piggybank to a reputable charity
 
If you need help starting a discussion with them but are unsure where to begin, here are some books that may be helpful:
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