Courtney Allgood never thought about childhood cancer. That changed when her daughter Brecklynn was diagnosed with pleuropulmonary blastoma in November 2015.
Brecklynn, who has stabilized after a relapse in February 2017 but is still receiving chemotherapy, has become a well-known face across Hall County and beyond. But to Courtney Allgood’s surprise, there are a lot of children in the area who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Ten months after Brecklynn’s diagnosis, Allgood decided to find a way to bring awareness to childhood cancer and raise money for research.
“I had zero clue that September was even childhood cancer awareness month,” Allgood said. “We had gotten to a good place in (Brecklynn’s) treatment, so I decided in such a small town like Gainesville, we now know of a lot of children who have cancer. So I just wanted to find some way to raise awareness.”
Now in its third year, Gainesville Goes Gold will be held at 6 p.m Thursday, Sept. 20, on the downtown Gainesville square. The event benefits the Rally Foundation, which is a nonprofit that works to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
“Our hearts are feeling led to Rally because they use their money for research grants, to basically find a cure,” Allgood said. “And they have just done so many great things as far as finding cures for childhood cancer and doing better research.”
Gainesville Goes Gold is free and will feature games, food trucks and cheerleaders. Hot Dog Ninja will serve gourmet hot dogs, Carniceria Tapatia its Mexican fare, and Frozen Frenzee and Jo Jo’s Lemonade will help keep everyone cool. A portion of each vendor’s proceeds will go to the Rally Foundation.
The event will also have a petting zoo and face painting from Brenau University and North Hall High School cheerleaders. Live music will be provided by Jeremiah Reed and Heather Farr.
The fundraiser counts on donations in order to help fund childhood cancer research through the Rally Foundation. Last year, Gainesville Goes Gold raised $2,500.
“Our goal for (this event) is obviously No. 1 to support our kids, but also to help the next child diagnosed tomorrow and the day after and the day after,” Allgood said.
Gainesville Goes Gold
What: Event to raise awareness of childhood cancer
When: 6 p.m Thursday, Sept. 20
Where: downtown Gainesville square