Gold Ribbon Games promote ‘Change for a Change’

Area school districts will partner with the Brian Morden Foundation to host Gold Ribbon football games this year in honor and support of children who battle cancer.

At each game, students will collect change (bills will also be accepted). With all donations, the students hope to help change some of the disturbing statistics about childhood cancer.

The Brian Morden Foundation will be collecting change at the following:

Friday — Gold Ribbon Game at Hollidaysburg.

Aug. 29 — Kick-off event for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at the Altoona Curve

Sept. 6 — Gold Ribbon Game at Bellwood.

Sept. 27 — Gold Ribbon Game at Altoona.

Team Stuckey Buick GMC is supplying a GMC Sierra 1500 truck at all Gold Ribbon Games and at the kick-off event at the Altoona Curve to help collect change with the hopes that the bed of the truck will be full by the end of September.

In addition, area schools will be collecting change during the month to help reach the goal of $10,000 (a million pennies) — the Dreamer’s level of support for Kiera’s Dream … a concert to benefit the Brian Morden Foundation at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mishler Theatre in Altoona.

The gold ribbon is the symbol of childhood cancer awareness. Local Gold Ribbon Games began in 2012 when Altoona Area School District athletic director Phil Riccio and community relations director Paula Foreman suggested the idea to Dawn Morden, president and co-founder of the Brian Mor-den Foundation, a local organization created to help children with cancer and their families after Dawn’s son Brian died of Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2003.

For more information, visit brianmordenfoundation.org or visit the group on Facebook.