NNCCF NEWS RELEASE
On Friday, Feb. 24, the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation will reach out to local families fighting childhood cancer through the conclusion of its Elevating Life campaign, a communitywide effort to obtain the financial support of schools, businesses and churches.
The Elevating Life finale is a 12-hour pledge drive taking place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Scheels All Sports at Legends at Sparks Marina. During this time, community members can call 1-855-88N-NCCF to donate, give online or stop by Scheels to contribute in person and take part in a number of activities throughout the day.
Other local businesses will be lending a hand to help raise money, including the GourMelt Grilled Cheese Truck from 11 to 2 p.m. and CrossFit, which will offer novice workouts and competitions outside the back doors of Scheels from 12 to 7 p.m. Guest celebrities will also make appearances and be available to take photos.
Proceeds raised will provide families who have children diagnosed with cancer receive lifesaving treatment and vital emotional support. Last year, 38 families received a cancer diagnosis in Northern Nevada.
These funds are crucial to the success of providing aid to children and families affected by pediatric cancer, the top disease-related killer of children. Currently, more than 40,000 children and teens are being treated for various types of childhood cancer and nearly 50 children in Northern Nevada are diagnosed each year. The average age of diagnosis among children is 6 years.
NNCCF is Northern Nevada’s only nonprofit serving local children and their families affected by childhood cancer, providing more than $1.5 million in direct assistance to more than 300 families. NNCCF’s programs and services include a Family Assistance Fund, Courage Together Family Support Group, Kid’s Club for patients and siblings and a holiday Adopt-a-Family Program. For more information, call 775-825-0888, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.NvChildrensCancer.org.