By Melanie Feuk, Staff Writer Published 12:00 am CDT, Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Shana Koehler and Tee Bender sell T-shirts at the entrance of Kingwood High School so that people can wear them to show their support of pediatric cancer awareness during the Kingwood High School football game on Sept. 6.
Kingwood High School plans to “go gold” at the Mustangs’ first home football game at Turner Stadium scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and gold is the color assigned to pediatric cancer awareness. Mustangs fans are encouraged to trade Kingwood High’s traditional white and blue garb for gold during the Go Gold Game for Pediatric Cancer Awareness.
This inaugural event is coordinated in partnership with three local organizations — Addi’s Faith Foundation, Mothers Against Cancer and the L3 Foundation.
“We tried to do this last year, but then Harvey hit, so there were a lot of other things going on,” said Shana Koehler with Addi’s Faith Foundation. “But, we’re ready to go this year.”
Anyone who wishes to support the fight against childhood cancer and “go gold” may purchase “Gold Fight Win!” T-shirts at Kingwood High School during lunch hour, from 12 to 1 p.m., through Sept. 6. Volunteers will even have a shirt station in front of the main entrance.
“You don’t need to get out of your car — you can just drive up and buy a shirt,” Koehler said. “We also have a table in the cafeteria for the kids who want T-shirts.”
Shirts will also be available for purchase at the Kingwood Asplaugh’s from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, as well as at the football game. All shirt proceeds will benefit the Addi’s Faith Foundation, Mothers Against Cancer and the L3 Foundation in their fight against pediatric cancer.
Event organizers say their goal is to have a “sea of gold” at the game, as well as throughout the community during the entire month of September.
Koehler said the entire band and cheerleader squad plan to wear the gold shirts and the dance team intends to show their support by wearing gold ribbons.
“Imagine the hundreds of students wearing gold across the whole football field — it’s going to make a big statement,” Koehler said.
A video about pediatric cancer awareness will be shown at half-time with images and voices of children with cancer and people who support investing more into research and treatments for pediatric cancer.
“The focus is to spread awareness and get people to realize how little funding goes to pediatric cancer — they say 4 percent,” Koehler said. “We thought this would be a great way of getting teenagers aware of it and kind of branch out into another demographic.”
Another Go Gold Game is planned for the Sept. 14 Kingwood High School volleyball match.
“We are so appreciative of Kingwood High School for helping us,” Koehler said. “Student Council has been a huge help, the whole staff, coaches, the AV students helping us with the video; they were all eager to help with whatever we needed.”
Plans are also in the works to do Go Gold Games at Riverwood, Creekwood and Atascocita Middle Schools, Koehler said.
Event organizers intend to make this an annual occurrence and hope these events spread to even more Humble ISD schools.
For more information, visit www.goldfightwin.org.For more information, visit www.goldfightwin.org.