Children's Hospital Tailgate Raises Awareness, Offers Young Cancer Patients, Families Day Of Fun
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Children’s Hospital will team up with several area businesses Sept. 1 to provide young cancer patients and their families a respite from diagnosis and treatment, while raising awareness for childhood cancer.
The 12th annual Gold Ribbon Day event will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with a tailgate party in the west parking lot of the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Pediatric and adolescent cancer patients from Children’s Hospital and their families will enjoy games and other activities, along with free food and drinks. Following the tailgate, participants will see the MU Tigers take on Southeastern Louisiana University in a special reserved section at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field.
“Our main goal is to provide our patients and their families with an opportunity to enjoy an activity with others who are going through the same thing,” said Thomas Loew, M.D., director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital. “We want them to have a great time and if possible, to take their minds off what they are going through, even if just for a few hours.”
Along with Children’s Hospital, donors who will make the event possible include the MU Athletic Department, the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran’s Administration Hospital, KFC Corporation, Tyson Foods Inc., the MU Department of Child Health, McAllister’s Deli, Pascale’s Pals, Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers Inc., and Walgreens.