MU Gold Ribbon Day promotes childhood cancer awareness
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care’s Children’s Hospital will team up with the MU Athletic Department on Saturday, Sept. 19, to provide young cancer patients and their families with a day of fun-filled Tiger football activities, while raising awareness for childhood cancer.
The ninth annual Gold Ribbon Day event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a tailgate party in the HSC1N parking lot south of Stankowski Field on the MU campus. The location is adjacent to the MU School of Medicine and can be entered from Kentucky Boulevard. Pediatric and adolescent cancer patients from Children’s Hospital and their families will enjoy games and face painting, an appearance by T.J., the Children’s Hospital mascot, along with free food and drinks.
“It’s our goal for this event to let these kids be kids and to honor their courage and determination in winning their battle with cancer,” said LeAnn Reeder, a child life activity specialist at Children’s Hospital. “We would also like to raise childhood cancer awareness.”
After the tailgate party, participants will watch the MU Tigers take on the Furman University Paladins in a special reserved section at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. Participants will wear gold T-shirts in honor of children who are battling cancer, those who have lost the battle and survivors of the disease.
Children’s Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric health care center in mid-Missouri. Housed at University Hospital and Columbia Regional Hospital, the 115-bed hospital is the only facility in mid-Missouri offering comprehensive, specialized children’s services such as trauma care, neonatal transport, child life therapy, a pediatric intensive care unit and a pediatric hematology and oncology outpatient unit.