Free, family-friendly event will kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Hang Tough Foundation, a Tallahassee-based nonprofit that serves families whose children have been affected by chronic or life-altering illness or special needs, is hosting its third annual Cascades Goes Gold event on Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. This family-friendly, free event at Cascades Park will shine a spotlight on pediatric cancer, and mark the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cascades Park will truly turn gold for the event, with the waterfall fountain and amphitheater lit up in a golden hue during the event.
Cascades Goes Gold will feature an array of activities including a photo booth, vendors, gold Tallahassee Rocks painting, video games, and more. A short program will feature Hang Tough Foundation leadership, pediatric cancer Heroes and their families, as well as a special proclamation from the City of Tallahassee presented by Commissioner Curtis Richardson. The evening will close with a ½ mile Gold Walk led by Hero families facing and who have faced childhood cancer. iHeartRadio’s Jason Taylor will act as master of ceremonies for the event.
“While our organization has grown to serve many kinds of diagnoses, September is a special chance for us to highlight the roots of our mission, which grew out of my and Janelle Irwin’s family’s journey with pediatric cancer,” said Michelle Hart, president of the Hang Tough Foundation’s board of directors. “Cascades Goes Gold not only brings awareness, but surrounds our hero families facing cancer with support and love from our entire Capital City community.”
The Hang Tough Foundation also brings awareness to childhood cancer in the month of September with an eye-catching project that can be seen throughout the Tallahassee area beginning Sept. 1. Local businesses and organizations, in partnership with Hang Tough Foundation, will host a golden tricycle on their property. These small homages to children and families in our community battling the disease will bring attention to their journeys and act as conversation starters about the effects of childhood illness and special needs.
The Hang Tough Foundation’s mission is to be a physical, mental, and financial reprieve designed to provide support, hope and encouragement to clients during their journey with childhood illness or special needs. Founded and based in the Big Bend, the organization serves more than 280 Hang Tough Heroes, children who are suffering from all kinds of diagnoses, and their families.
For more information about the Hang Tough Foundation, visit www.HangToughFoundation.org.
ABOUT HANG TOUGH FOUNDATION
Hang Tough Foundation was formed in 2015 with the goal to care for the entire family of children affected by chronic or life-altering illnesses and special needs. Hang Tough works to provide support, hope and encouragement to families during their journey with childhood illness customized to their challenges and needs. Located in Tallahassee, Fla., the Hang Tough Foundation serves families in the Big Bend region of Florida. Visit www.HangToughFoundation.org.