Organizers of the second annual Childhood Cancer Awareness fundraiser on Sept. 21 show the t-shirt that will be on sale. Pictured are Dr. Hailey Thompson, Laura Cole and Courtney Hardy.
Organizers of the second annual Childhood Cancer Awareness fundraiser on Sept. 21 show the t-shirt that will be on sale. Pictured are Dr. Hailey Thompson, Laura Cole and Courtney Hardy.
The second annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 and participants will have a good time for a good cause.

Laura Cole and Courtney Hardy came up with the idea to raise money for two children’s hospitals, Batson Hospital in Jackson, and St. Jude’s hospital in Memphis.              

The day will start with a Crazy Run/Walk at Northside Park. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the one-mile run begins at 8:30 a.m.  The cost is $25 to enter. Wear a white t-shirt and it will be colored at different paint stations. All participants will receive a gift bag and travel mug.              

The event then moves to the Neshoba County Coliseum at 10 a.m. There will be face painting, a bake sale, a bounce house, a dunking booth, a silent auction, snow cones, a corn hole tournament and balloon release. Hamburger plates from Mugshots will be on sale and are being presold at $10. There is no admission charge but donations will be appreciated.

The dunking booth promises to be a popular event with different people in the community getting dunked for a good cause.



National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is an annual national health campaign organized by major childhood cancer organizations to increase awareness of pediatric cancer and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. It has been observed each September since 2012.

“Last year’s event was a huge success,” Courtney Hardy said. “We raised over $10,000. We gave the hospitals over $5,000. We are hoping we can do more this year but if not, we’ll be happy with what we have.”

Both Cole and Hardy have lost babies to childhood cancer. They are hoping to give back to the two children’s hospitals where the babies were treated. They also want to make aware about childhood cancer.