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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM)

POGO and its partners across the province coordinate community events to raise awareness about childhood cancer and its impacts on the young patients, their families, and survivors. A school yard chalk drawing campaign, gold ribbon distribution, mayoral proclamations and fundraising events are just a few of the activities you can participate in.

We are proud to announce a flurry of activity this September to celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2013. To stay up to date, keep checking this page and become our fan on Facebook by clicking on the gold ribbon.


National Day of Awareness and Action for Childhood Cancer
Saturday, September 21

The Gold Ribbon Campaign and Childcan have organized a celebration at HTO Park East, 339 Queens Quay East. Park opens at 2pm. There will be a BBQ, refreshments and entertainment from 4-8pm and the CN Tower will shine in gold at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit:

SickKids Celebration
Thursday September 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join families, hospital staff and volunteers in the Garden Patio for lots of fun activities, including an art show, poster presentations, arts and crafts, chalk messages, “blood soup” activity, and a sneak peak of the new MIBG suite which is scheduled to open at the end of September. Participants from several visiting organizations will also be joining us: POGO, OPACC, Camp Trillium, Camp Oochigeas, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Young Carers, Gilda’s Club and more!

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Vincelli,


Hamilton landmarks light up in gold!
All September long

The following locations will light up in gold to raise awareness about childhood cancer: City Hall, Old Court House, Central Library, Hamilton Farmer’s Market, Whitehern, Ancaster Old Town Hall, Military Museum, Gage House, Nash Jackson, and Battlefield Hall.

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
Saturday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is raising awareness about childhood cancer by dedicating the September 21st performance of The Great Romantics to POGO and celebrating the work POGO does in Ontario.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Saturday, September 28, 6pm

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be hosting POGO families at the September 28th game against the Calgary Stampeders and raising awareness about childhood cancer and the work POGO does in Ontario through fundraising efforts and a half-time presentation.

Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Month of September

The Sheraton Hotel has committed to promoting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month on their hotel lobby welcome screens and by wearing the symbolic gold ribbon throughout the month of September.

**Special thank you to POGO volunteers Scott Warren and Michaella Putman of Global Spectrum Facility Management for helping to organize all of the above events taking place for POGO in Hamilton.


Rally on Parliament Hill
Sunday, September 8, 6pm – 7:45pm

Gather in front of the Peace Tower for a night of entertainment and watch Parliament Hill light up in gold for childhood cancer awareness.


Southlake CCAM Teddy Bear Picnic
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fun afternoon of games and crafts with a teddy bear picnic theme. Clinic children and their families will enjoy face painting, jumping castle, ice cream, chalk messages, bear decorating and other bear themed crafts. Southlake Regional Health Centre staff, physicians and volunteers are also invited to participate in the fun, and hear a few words from Hospital Administrators and the Mayor, who will proclaim the date as Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Newmarket.

For more information:
Laurie Breedon,


The following Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Events are sponsored by Northern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCC).

Proclamations for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Sept 3 – Timmins @ 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Sept 4 – Sudbury @ 10:00 a.m. at Tom Davies Square in the Foyer

Sept 9 – Sault Ste. Marie @ 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Sept 11 – North Bay @ 11:00 a.m. in Leger Square for flag raising ceremony

TBA – Elliot Lake

September 17
Volunteer Recruitment Day
@ Laurentian University from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Great Hall.

September 22
Family Fun Day for NOFCC Members only
. Please contact NOFCC for further information @

September 25
Dr. Murray Speaker Series
@ The Howard Johnson on Brady Street, Sudbury, Ontario @ 7:00 p.m.
RSVP by September 13.

For information on all NOFCC events, please call 705-586-3229 or email

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