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Area schools to be part of Gold Ribbon Games

Morden Foundation promotes childhood cancer awareness

Four local school districts are supporting September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Gold Ribbon Games and sales of “Be Bold, Go Gold” T-shirts in school colors.

Shirts are being sold at schools and may also be purchased at www.brianmorden

foundation.org/bmf-shop/

The Brian Morden Foundation has sponsored awareness month activities since 2003 when Brian Morden died of Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Local Gold Ribbon Games began at the Altoona Area High School, Brian’s alma mater, at the suggestion of Athletic Director Phil Riccio and Community Relations Director Paula Foreman.

Tyrone Area School District is joining Bellwood-Antis, Hollidaysburg and Altoona for the Gold Ribbon Games this year and suggested the T-shirts.

The following Gold Ribbon Games are scheduled (all held at 7 p.m. at home fields):

Tyrone — Sept. 3.

Bellwood-Antis — Sept. 10.

Altoona — Sept. 17.

Hollidaysburg — Sept. 24.

Other awareness activities include:

n Kick-off event at the Altoona Curve — Saturday, Aug. 28. Game time is 6 p..m. The evening is being sponsored by the Brian Morden Foundation with gold ribbons and informational cards being given to the first 6,000 in attendance. Prizes will be given to several lucky card holders. Local childhood survivors and their families will be guests of the Brian Morden Foundation at the game.

n BMF Team of Alex’s Million Mile — Join the Brian Morden Foundation team of Alex’s Million Mile during September. Teams around the world are raising funds and logging all the miles they run, walk or ride so that together 1 million miles or more is reached for childhood cancer awareness and research. For more information and to register visit brianmorden

foundation.org.

n Altoona City Council meeting — Sept. 13. Proclamation announcing National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Gold Ribbon Day in Altoona will be read.

n “Go for the Gold” Competition — Annual AASD competition will take place. Winning schools will be announced at the Sept. 17 AAHS Gold Ribbon Game.

n “Gold Ribbon Scavenger Hunt” — Search for gold ribbon decals hung at various businesses, schools and other locations during the month of September. Found locations should be submitted by Sept. 30 to brianmordenfoundation@gmail.com. Prizes will be awarded. More information will be online and on the Brian Morden Foundation’s Facebook page.

Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.

Tragically, 11-year-old Kaylee Kruise lost her earthly battle to cancer in

February 2021.

She joins Emma Auker, Kiera Chirdon, Maddie Shura, Erin Dodson, Katie Mills, Amelia Sharer, Eli Garrett and Heather Miller, other local children who, like Kaylee and Brian, inspired many before losing their battles with cancer.

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