Fort Bend ISD is joining other districts and organizations across the nation by going gold in September to help raise awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The month is a time to honor children and families affected by the disease, and to spread awareness of early warning signs of the disease and available support services.

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, there’s an estimated 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. Globally, there are more than 300,000 children diagnosed with cancer every year.

To help spread awareness, FBISD will be taking part in the following “Turn It Gold” events:

Childhood Cancer Awareness Week – September 10-14

Throughout the week of September 10, FBISD schools will help spread awareness of pediatric cancer by taking part in various activities. Students and staff will take part in the following activities:

  • Presentations of bravery medals to children battling cancer
  • Morning announcements regarding pediatric cancer facts
  • Pajama Day (the dress of choice for pediatric patients)
  • Coins for Cancer fundraiser (a set-up of jars in the classroom or front office where students, staff and parents can donate money)
  • Brave the Shave (An invitation to football players, coaches and/or administrators to shave their head if a certain fundraising goal is met by the campus)
  • And other activities to support the cause

Turn It Gold Day – Friday, September 14

Fort Bend ISD students, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to wear gold attire on Friday, September 14 to celebrate, honor and remember those who have battled or are currently battling pediatric cancer.

B.I.G. Love Night – Saturday, September 15

The community is invited to participate in B.I.G. Love Night on September 15 at the Sugar Land Skeeters game. Use the code “BIGLOVE” when purchasing your tickets and a portion will be donated to BIG Love. Tickets can be purchased at www.sugarlandskeeters.com.

Light the Night Walk – Saturday, October 27

Fort Bend ISD is forming a team to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk,” which will take place on Saturday, October 27 in Houston’s Hermann Square Park at City Hall. To donate or register for the event, go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s webpage for more information.

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Show us how you’re observing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by sharing your photos, messages and activities on social media by using the hashtag #FBISDTurnItGold18.