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Fighting Childhood Cancer
By ANDREW LOGSDON | firstname.lastname@example.org
Three years ago ten year old Jada Love Tracey died from a rare and incurable form of cancer.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and for those past three years the Tracey family has made it their mission to help other families who have kids suffering from cancer.
"When I had to tell my daughter at nine years old that she wasn't going to live. And that was the hardest thing for a mother to have to do,” says Jada’s mother Sara Tracey.
Jada's death devastated the Tracey family in 2011.
Little Jada was just ten when she died of brainstem glioma, or DIPG- a rare inoperable and incurable form of cancer.
They founded Jada's Journey, an organization that raises money to help other families afflicted with childhood cancers.
This month is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and people are getting involved.
"Major cities are lighting up the gold. Empire State Building, Sears Tower in Chicago, the whole state's going gold. I can't do the whole state of Indiana, so I'm doing Fort Wayne,” says group member Veronica Wells.
In September, the city's going to light the Martin Luther King Junior Bridge in gold lighting- signifying Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Group members say the city is lighting the bridge this Friday through Sunday, the Fifth through the Seventh, and businesses on Wells Street are decorating the street and the bridge in gold ribbons.
Other organizations are also getting involved.
This Friday night on WFFT is the annual 'Stand Up To Cancer' event,’ which is expected to raise millions of dollars for cancer research.
Locally, the group ConKurr Cancer makes pillowcases at local hospitals for kids.
"I think it means a lot, especially because people want to get involved and help other people, and especially kids. They'll donate their fabric and their time and stuff to be here and to do all that. So I think it's great to have that out there,” says co-chair Liz Fuze.
Stand Up To Cancer airs this Friday evening at eight on WFFT.
You can find out more about Jada’s Journey at-