FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – On Friday, the Jovevski family, with help from Eel River Elementary, will host the first-ever Emmy’s Hope Party in Huntertown Park to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) said the event was inspired by Emily Jovevski, who was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma at age 14 and bravely fought cancer for five years.
“Emily dreamed of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse to help children with cancer and that’s why we continue to raise awareness and fund more research in honor of her dream,” said Jodi Jovevski, Emily’s mother. . “With childhood cancer research being consistently underfunded, it was important for us to do so in the hope that we could help fund research that will lead to better outcomes and treatments for children around the world. “
This free community event will feature live music from the Way Back Boys, children’s games, activities and a silent auction. Several food trucks will also be present from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Chick-fil-A, Rusty’s Ice Cream and a’Roma Pizza.
All funds raised through this event will benefit Gold Together, the American Cancer Society’s childhood cancer initiative, the ACS said. This will be in addition to the more than $ 40,000 raised by the Jovevski family through the Relay For Life Schools of Northwest Allen County.
“We are looking forward to having a great event and hope that the community will come to support and be the voice of these brave children all over the world,” said Jodi Jovevski. “We look forward to honoring Emily and all the families in our community who have had to deal with this terrible disease.”
According to the American Cancer Society, more than 15,500 children and adolescents in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year. It remains the leading cause of disease-related death in children and adolescents aged 1 to 19 in the United States.
For more information on Emmy’s Evening of Hope, email Jodi Jovevski at [email protected]
For more information about childhood cancer or Gold Together, call the American Cancer Society 24/7.
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