GO GOLD to End Childhood Cancer

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month, we recognize the children and families fighting, and encourage all Houston moms to get involved in the events happening in and around Houston to raise awareness and money for the cause.


It’s not every day you receive a phone call from your parents saying that your brother has been diagnosed with cancer and that he will be having emergency surgery and chemotherapy is to start immediately. It is not every day you get to watch his body fight not only the cancer but the drugs dripping through his system. It is not every day you get to see how his body changes, the weight loss, the gaunt look on his face, the hair loss, or the seven shades of green due to the constant nausea. It is not every day you get to watch someone you love fight so hard to live. It is not every day you get the news that years after remission that his cancer has returned and he is back on the hamster wheel and starting radiation. He is a testament of survival. Not everyone gets the chance to survive. 

My brother was not a child at the time but a very young youth, too young, and it took every ounce of his energy to fight. He is someone’s child. 

Every day there is someones child being diagnosed with cancer. 

Cancer – as it unfolds – like a weed

There are many hardships families experience when a child is diagnosed with cancer. There is the initial panic of what now, what next and absolute fear. The panic of getting treatment, some families need to move cities to find the suitable treatment centers. The financial burden of medical aids, co pays, medications, loss of earnings due to being in hospital for undetermined days, weeks or even months. The impact of the family left home whilst another is caring for the sick child. The emotional burden on the family, the fear of the treatment being unsuccessful, the fear of the child not surviving and the ever looming fear of the cancer returning. 

This is why we need loud voices to raise money, platforms that create awareness and to make a change. 


Here are some hard facts that you might not be aware of. A sad reality and a very tough pill to swallow.

  • 20% of children with cancer in the USA will NOT SURVIVE IT.
  • Every 3 minutes a family hears the words that their child is diagnosed with cancer. EVERY 3 MINUTES!!
  • Cancer remains the number 1 cause of death by disease for children in the USA.
  • Each year in the USA an estimated 15,780 children aged 0-19 are diagnosed.
  • 1 in 285 children in the USA will be diagnosed before the age of 20.
  • Globally there are more than 300,000 children diagnosed with cancer every year.
    EVERY YEAR!!!!

These are shocking statistics and as a nation we need to stand up. Globally we need to stand up.

Go Gold 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

It is recognized yearly by childhood cancer organizations globally. Gold is the color that represents childhood cancer. We as individuals can also create a movement and not only rely on charities or large companies campaigns.

Use your Gold – cash, cheque, credit card.

  • Donate money, as little as $10 a month can make a change in some child’s life. Cancer research – family counseling – emotional assistance – medical bills – hospital costs. 
  • Other ways we in our individual capacities can do is wear GOLD, wear your gold ribbons, host gold parties and donate proceeds to local charities. Go gold in your schools, do pajama days, sell ribbons, do a donation drill where all kids bring extra pennies. You could even organize a teddy bear drive.
  • Donate blood platelets – Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can damage cells in the bone marrow that manufacture blood and platelets. This may lead to low blood counts and lead to possible infections. Blood transfusions of red blood cells or platelets address such problems.
  • Create meal trains for those that you know. A dinner prepared for a family with a child going through chemotherapy takes so much pressure off, it is something less to worry about. One small step is one giant leap to a family suffering. (MealTrain.com)

Every little bit helps.

Events happening in and around Houston 

7  September – TRC Run Over Cancer – Sugarland

21 September – St. Jude Walk / Run – Houston 

21 September – Houston Dynamo vs Orlando – Soccer Kicks Cancer – Houston

5 October – Heart of Gold Luncheon Celebration Fundraiser – Houston 

10 November – Walk by Faith 5k/Kids Fun Run – Houston

Cancer does not choose. 

Cancer does not happen to just the poor or just the rich. It does not know skin color; it does not know religion, it does not know who is good or bad. Cancer does not happen to “just next door”.

Cancer is not “it won’t happen to me.” 

Childhood cancer is on the rise, it is happening every day, it is happening in our neighborhoods, in our homes, to our friends, our families and it’s happening now.

Do your bit. 

Please, we would love to hear from you – send us your stories. What ideas do you have to support childhood cancer charities? Have you a story of a superhero child?

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Karen is a full figured and full of life kind of girl. She commands a room even when she feels awkward and insecure. She’s well traveled, even for a small town pig farmer’s daughter. Karen is intolerant of “blinker mentality” and a fierce fighter for the underdog. A lover of good food, good people and good wine, even if it comes in a box, she can tell one helluva story. She graduated from the school of life, and shows a trend of learning the hard way. Cape Town South Africa, her stomping ground, holds an infinity of “you did what?” kind of stories. With a background in office interior design and sales, Karen loves anything pretty with a good clean line. She is a sucker for clothes and a good lipstick. Married to the man of her dreams, they immediately started their life together on the shores of Lagos, Nigeria. This is where she found the chutzpah of what makes her heart swell, her brow sweat, and her mind tick. It took this crazy, busy and vibrant city for Karen to come into her own. Feet solidly in the sands of African soil made her realize the depths of her soul and what she brings to any conversation. True grit. It was in these six beautiful years that she had her two gorgeous, feisty and strong daughters. She refers to them lovingly as IT 1 and IT 2. IT 1 and IT 2 are 18 months apart and do not get along. It’s a daily grind to get them to be cordial without a push or a shove. Certainly “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” takes on a whole new meaning. Houston welcomed this unique African family into their arms and hugged them tightly. It has been a safety never experienced before and has offered her a world of testing the waters to growing personal self, pushing boundaries and overcoming her fears. The writing platform is part of her creative Piscean self, and through this, she will hopefully fill your home with stories enough to spark a conversation, a different perspective and a laugh.


  1. Thank you for sharing this! My niece, Charlotte, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma at 10 months old, and she had to have immediate surgery to remove a tumor, and then had to start chemo a week later. She underwent 8 rounds of chemo, and has now been cancer free for 1 year and 10 months(praise God)! So many kids aren’t as lucky, so spreading awareness is so important! Thank you!


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