Cancer has no boundaries. It affects people of all walks of life and all ages, even children. That’s why the Go4theGoal Foundation has declared September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sept. 27 as National Dress 4 Pediatric Cancer Day.
“We chose this day, as it was the birthday of Richard Stefanacci, the young man whose family started the foundation when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2006,” explained Randy Pickus of the Go4theGoal Foundation.
Last year, 28 schools in New Jersey participated in the National Dress 4 Pediatric Cancer Day and several have already signed up for next school year. The Foundation is also promoting a program called Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer which offers students the opportunity to sell and purchase neon shoe laces to show their support for children battling cancer.
In mid‐February, the Haddonfield, NJ community pulled out all the stops to support two students at Haddonfield Middle School and Haddonfield Memorial High School whom had recently been diagnosed with cancer. As the difficult news spread across town, a group of parents familiar with the Lace-Up 4 Pediatric Cancer program reached out to Go4theGoal to order a few hundred NEON yellow shoelaces to distribute to kids around town to show both support for the boys and their families and to raise awareness about pediatric cancer in the community.
“The community’s response was immediate and remarkable. Students held sales in the High School and Middle School and in shops around town. Within a week, we sold over 7,000 pair of laces and raised more than $30,000 in lace sales and donations,” said Jean-Anne McMahon, a Haddonfield resident.
Go4theGoal’s mission is to help make the lives of children affected by cancer as "normal" as possible by granting personal wishes, providing financial support to them and their families, developing and implementing unique hospital programs and funding grants for innovative pediatric cancer research. All money raised stays in the surrounding community.
For more information, contact Ms. Randy E. Pickus directly at Go4theGoal Foundation, PO Box 433, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423, (508) 269-8795, firstname.lastname@example.org