SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (WLS) -- September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To raise awareness, CureSearch for Children's Cancer is holding their seventh Annual Walk on Sunday, Sept. 20.
The walk raises money for children's cancer research. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. at Boomer's Stadium in Schaumburg. The walk brings together more than 2,000 childhood cancer survivors, their families, their friends, and healthcare professionals to honor those who have lost the fight.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children. Every day, 43 children under the age of 19 are diagnosed with cancer. During the last 25 years, the overall survival rate for children's cancer has increased from 40 percent to nearly 90 percent, but for many rare cancers, cure rates remain unchanged.
Childhood cancer survivor Kyle Chaloupka and his father, Co-Chair of CureSearch for Children's Cancer Walk Rick Chaloupka, joined ABC7 Eyewitness news live from the walk to preview the big day.
CureSearch For Children's Cancer Walk
Sunday, Sept. 20
Hours: Registration, kids and teen activities begin at 9 a.m.; opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m., including the Remembrance Ceremony and the Survivor/Medaling Ceremony. Walk follows immediately after ceremonies.
Address: 1999 South Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg, Ill.
Admission: $10 for adults, children are free
CureSearch for Children's Cancer hosts annual walk