By: Jacob Robinson | @elcapitanjake
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Charlotte
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To me, the words ‘childhood cancer’ feel like a roundhouse punch to the gut. How can an innocent child be asked to fight against such a dreadful disease like cancer? But, children, their families, and organizations across our country are continuously waging a battle against this evil.
And, there’s a local Charlotte organization on the front lines of this fight…The Isabella Santos Foundation.
Founded in the name of a young girl, Isabella Santos, who lost her fight with cancer (specifically neuroblastoma) in 2012, the Isabella Santos Foundation exists to raise awareness and money for neuroblastoma research.
In fact, over the last 6 years, ISF has donated more than $1,000,000 to this research and children’s cancer charities.
Get Involved with the Isabella Santos Foundation
Now’s your chance to get involved. And you should…someway…somehow. Cancer has touched all of our lives in some form or fashion, and the truth of the matter is, childhood cancer could happen to any of our families right now or in the future. If we support organizations like the ISF, we can help win this fight.
We can make sure precious lives are saved.
9th Annual Isabella Santos Race for Kids Cancer
The Isabella Santos Race for Kids Cancer is the perfect way to show your support and to help raise money for the foundation! Whether you plan on taking part in the 10k, 5k or 1-mile races, or just hanging out, put September 24th on your calendar! REGISTER FOR THE RACE HERE.
Apart from the races, you’ll find:
· A silent auction and raffle (including goodies from Taylor Swift)
· Live music
· Delicious food
Bidding on the silent auction items will start Monday 9/19 on ISF's Facebook. If you can't make it to the race sign up to be a phantom runner or just donate!
Sometimes it feels like there’s a disconnect between the Young Professionals of Charlotte and local organizations like ISF. We’re living in the best city in the southeast and we must rally around our local organizations like ISF.
So, consider supporting the Isabella Santos Foundation. Consider spending a few hours of your Saturday supporting children with cancer at home and across the nation. And why would you not…it’s going to be an AWESOME time!
If you can’t make it to the 9th Annual Isabella Santos Race for Kids Cancer, the ISF has needs year round, so consider volunteering or donating.
Not convinced yet? Let me introduce you to Isabella Santos, the founder of the Isabella Santos foundation.
Isabella Santos March 9, 2005 – June 28, 2012