Doctors diagnose around 11,000 kids with cancer every year. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and KELOLAND is coming together to raise money for families affected.
Already this year doctors at Sanford Children’s Hospital have diagnosed 23 local kids with cancer.
That’s why a number of places are making it easy for you to give back.
Erica Herman helps create more than 1,000 cupcakes a day in the Oh My Cupcakes! kitchen.
But a special design this month, is one of her favorites.
“That’s one of the greatest parts of the job, getting to do things like this,” said Herman.
A simple gold ribbon added to any flavor helps cure kids cancer.
“It does hit very close to home so we love being able to help out with those places as much as we possibly can,” Herman said.
All it costs is a dollar extra per cupcake and the money will help kids at Sanford Children’s.
Erin Sanderson, program director for Cure Kids Cancer, says we all know someone affected by cancer, but kids undergoing treatment hold a special place in her heart.
“We’re doing this in part because Sanford Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric oncology hospital in the state of South Dakota,” Sanderson said.
100 percent of the money will help pay for family visits, transportation and even new top-of-the-line equipment.
Every dollar raised is hopefully one step closer to a cure.
“And it’s incredible to have the community involved. Not only is Sanford Children’s and Cure Kids Cancer, and our families involved, but the community is really rallying behind us this month,” Sanderson said.
Nearly 10 businesses are involved in this month’s fundraising.
Fareway in Harrisburg, Primp Boutique, and a League of Your Own all are participating.
ON Wednesday at Monkey Bizness they’re holding a special event where a portion of proceeds will go to Sanford Children’s.